Actually that is true as far as having the plates the BOM was translated from goes. And the same goes for the Bible. Regardless if persons, places and events were substantiated by science for both books and just not the Bible, both books are founded on a being that we have no way of proving actually exists. So both books are just good reads for fictional settings if you wish to state it that way.<quoted text>
The fact the there is NO original manuscript makes the BoM unreliable. There isn't any Bible scholar that would claim the BoM is reliable. We have not one single golden plate written by the prophets of the BoM or their scribes. We also can't find even one city of the BoM on the map, like we can the cities of the Bible. We can't find any of the Nephite armour. Their coins, their swords like we can the lisrraelites. You don't make outragious claims and or lies if truth really matters.
But both books if one wishes to improve one's morals, both books can be of good use. But if you wish to show how mean and barbaric people can be, they can be used there also. If you don't believe in God, either book can lead one to believing in God like the Koran also does.
By the way, finding the name of a city or coin or the name of people and places in the BOM won't prove it true any more than those things have proved the Bible to be true.