Lectures on Faith: Section 7, Part 2

December 15, 2018


Lectures on Faith: Section 7, Part 2

Sidney Rigdon asserts that sufficient faith can do all things, while also making some deeply offensive statements about child mortality.

Final grade of the Lectures on Faith: D–

Drink count – enough to get you through this


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2 Comments on “Lectures on Faith: Section 7, Part 2”

  1. Gottfried the Hirsute Says:

    Nobody wants to see the theological sausage being made! 😉

    I thought your post-mortem analysis of the Lectures as a whole was astute, and with regard to their removal from the D&C, I’d like to add:

    “We’ve always been at war with Eastasia.”

    “We’ve always taught that God the Father had a physical body of flesh and bone.”

    “We’ve always said that Joseph Smith translated the plates with a stone in a hat.”

    The Orwellian technique of throwing earlier facts down the ‘memory hole’ so that it appears that whatever the current set of beliefs are has always been the only set of beliefs began early in Church history and continues to this day.

    “We’ve never wanted to be called ‘Mormons’.”

    The General Authorities are IngSoc; the Correlation Committee is Minitrue (and the Disciplinary Councils are Miniluv, to carry the analogy even further.)

    Sidney Rigdon may have offered up a heaping pile of word salad (with cherries!) in his attempt to create a cohesive doctrine out of the mess of contradictions inherent in a literalistic approach to the Bible, but, by whitewashing the Lectures (and Sidney himself) out of history, Church leaders have (and continue to) commit intellectual – and by extension, spiritual – violence upon the faithful, believing members.

    “ I know that the Church is true, that Joseph Smith was a Prophet, and that 2 + 2 = 5. And I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.”

    1984 was a good year. 😉


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