Is LDS Church history reliable?

Is LDS Church history reliable when that history is produced by the church itself?

Church historians today employ rigorous standards, a longtime member of the Church History Department said Thursday during a presentation at the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research conference.

Ronald O. Barney is a volume editor for the Joseph Smith Papers Project and executive producer of the KJZZ television series about the project.

"I know something about the rigor that has been applied to ensure that these volumes will stand for a long time and have a long shelf life," Barney said. "I don't believe we have to make any apologies to anybody." Dozens of outside reviewers have scrutinized it to ensure dependability, he added.

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