Really, it doesn’t matter.
I see too many, usually of the progressive stripe, constantly trying to determine what Joseph Smith intended to do, where he would have gone – ordain women, have a different church structure, whatever.
This is pointless, really (and I’ll use C.S. Lewis to show how). Continue reading
I see a lot of implicit and explicit comparisons to Martin Luther lately; however, William Godbe seems the more apt comparison.
Mourning with those who mourn is an important Gospel principle, but like any Gospel principle, it can be distorted and used to serve incorrect (should I say “problematic” instead?) ends.
Over at the Junior Ganymede, Adam G. has a post about how a lot of reactions to recent events in the church amount to not much more than emotional blackmail from toddlers.
I immediately thought of this passage from The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis:
(for those who don’t know, in The Great Divorce people from hell take a trip to heaven, and learn they can stay, if they are willing to adapt to heaven. Many voluntarily go back to hell. This passage is a dialogue with an Angel)
“Two men went up onto the Bloggernacle to post, one a Progressive and the other a person with conservative views. The Progressive stood and was posting thus:: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other Mormons: sexist, homophobic, racist, or even like this person with conservative views. and don’t you dare say I’m not a good Mormon, since I fast (sometimes) and I pay tithes of all that I get (based on my idiosyncratic definition of tithing).’ But the person with conservative views just posted silly rewrites of NT parables and then moved on with life.