It is always easier to make an accusation than to defend against it. A century ago Latter-day Saints were unable to find scientific support for LDS beliefs under attack by the accusations of critics. The great thing about scholarship, however, is that newer and better information is always forthcoming. When the Book of Mormon was first published, most of what we knew about ancient literature and of Ancient America has been proven false since. Many of those false notions were hurled at the believers of the Book of Mormon as proof that it must be a fraud. Because of discoveries since then, those accusations have backfired in favor of the Book of Mormon.