Clark Braden, a Church of Christ (Disciples) minister, engaged in a debate with an RLDS missionary, Edmund L. Kelly in February to March of 1884.
- Clark Braden’s reputation as a fierce debater was well known, but he was also known to be fast and free with his accusations and facts.
- Braden actively sought debates and spent a great deal of his life debating what he believed to be error. Braden said he had debated people on “baptism, the work of the Holy Spirit, human creeds, justification by faith only, church organization, soul-sleeping, kingdom-come-ism, Seventh-day-ism, . . . Universalism,” and Mormonism."
- During the debate Braden demonstrated a greater devotion to winning than historical accuracy. Multiple statements, independent of his claims regarding Martin Harris, can be shown to be in error.
- This debate occurred nine years after Martin Harris’ death in 1875 so no response to his.
- In his debate with E. L. Kelley, Braden provided no supportive evidence. The CES Letter reproduces the allegation without any additional documentation to support it accuracy.
- The CES Letter is technically correct when it tells us that “it has been reported that Martin Harris ‘declared repeatedly that he had as much evidence for a Shaker book he had as for the Book of Mormon.’” However, the dubious nature of the report is not disclosed.
Martin Harris had five religions after Mormonism—Some claim that Martin Harris was unstable or flighty because he had five religions after he was excommunicated in 1838
Martin Harris and the Shakers—Some claim that Martin Harris’ testimony is unreliable because he associated with the Shakers after his excommunication in 1838
Faith and Reason 39: Hidden Records, Michael R. Ash
Faith and Reason 7: Book of Mormon Witnesses, Michael R. Ash
Mormon FAIR-Cast 150: The Apostasy of the Witnesses, Martin Tanner