So I was Googling some information about the Salamander Letter (it was being discussed on another forum, so I decided to find out more about it) when I happened upon this letter. I’m pretty sure that I had seen it discussed elsewhere when it first came out, but I’m only now going through it. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the major issues many disaffected Latter-day Saints have on issues surrounding Mormon history, scriptures, and doctrine. “CES” stands for “Church Educational System”. The letter is written by a man that was a lifelong, active, believing member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who researched these matters, including the responses given by LDS apologetic resources such as FAIR and FARMS/MI, and I’m guessing he left the Church, or at the very least no longer believes.
I think that this letter (which is more like a short book), along with the Mormon Think website, are great resources. I also agree with his implication on the lack of helpfulness of FAIR and FARMS/MI responses to difficult issues (especially FAIR), and how, more times than not, they open the door to more questions than answers (I also looked at FAIR’s response to this letter, and was amused by many of the answers, especially the one about how KJV Bible errors find themselves in the Divinely translated Book of Mormon text).
A Letter to a CES Director-Why I Lost My Testimony