Following up on my last post, here is another interesting bit of information indicating a deeper pattern in the cycles of societal decline depicted in the Book of Mormon. Even societies founded upon the principles of revelation (the mantic worldview) decline into the intellectual, materialistic perspective which denies the Christ and even the need for the Christ (the sophic worldview). This is a major theme of the Book of Mormon. Often this theme is emphasized in quite subtle ways.
Consider the following chart from this paper by Val Larsen, depicting the generations of two sets of Nephite record-keepers:
There are a few qualitative aspects of the small plates which demonstrate the underlying theme that the sophic worldview leads to death and the mantic worldview leads to eternal life. This will be the topic of my next several posts.