john_j_enright (john_j_enright) wrote,


The good news is that Grant Palmer, who sounds like a very reasonable Mormon, has escaped full excommunication.  Instead the Church has merely disfellowshipped him, which I gather is a temporary sort of punishment.

How did he get in trouble?  By writing a book with overly sensible opinions on the origins of the religion.  For instance, he argued that Joseph Smith, the religion's charismatic founder, didn't really translate the Book of Mormon, but just wrote it.

Contemporary Mormonism has many virtues, but it continues to struggle with its legacy of authoritarian doctrine.

Rhyme Time:

When will the Book of Mormon
Be ready for reformin'?


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