August 12, 2012

Question for my readers, concerning Mormonism...

I've several times picked up hints that what is actually going on in the heads of ordinary rank-and-file members of the LDS Church is more like fuzzy generic American Protestantism, with the kooky heresies of Joseph Smith kind of slid over and mostly ignored.

Does anyone know anything about this? It's not really important to me, just a matter of curiosity that has been re-stimulated by the rise of Mitt Romney.

My experience of being first an evangelical, then an Episcopalian, now a Catholic, has given me a pretty clear idea that most Christians don't think at all about Truth. They just drift along with the common opinion. Which is a bad thing, in most ways. But, possibly in this case, is a good thing. A kind of unconscious rejection of alien elements. A sort of "reversion to the mean...

Posted by John Weidner at August 12, 2012 8:50 PM
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I found this article on Mormonism interesting:
http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/atlarge/2012/08/13/120813crat_atlarge_gopnik?currentPage=all
It lapses into anti-Romney bigotry at the end, but the history of Mormonism part is interesting. I sounds something like Jehovah's Witnesses in its "Heaven will be on Earth" aspect.
I found this interesting as well, especially the commentary on the social habits of Mormons:
http://www.tnr.com/print/article/politics/magazine/104901/ex-mormon-romney-religion-kirn

Posted by: Terry at August 12, 2012 9:08 PM

Those are both very good. Thanks!

And they both at least hint at what I was thinking.

Posted by: John Weidner at August 13, 2012 4:51 PM
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