by Stan Barker
When I lived in Lakewood, CO, there were 13 PhD’s in our ward, not to mention many others who held lesser degrees. I mention this because so many people in the world seem to think that Mormons are closed minded ignoramuses. Statements have been put forth that if a PhD was born in the Church he knows nothing else, so he is blind regarding Mormonism. The funny thing is, that while many members of the LDS Church don’t know enough about Church history or doctrine, those who do know considerably more than any critic I have ever encountered during the past 40+ years. And please consider how many critics I have encountered as a result of SHIELDS being on the Internet since Feb. of 1997! Let me give you an example of some of the shallow-mindedness that exists out there. The following comments are made on the FAIR Message Board:
“most educated people find [the LDS faith] absurd”
I understand that often it is intelligent persons who find themselves as members of religious organizations such as TCoJCoLdS. For those raised in the LDS church, I’m sure it doesn’t seen absurd at all since that is most likely all they have known.
Well, I couldn’t say what most educated people think since I’m not inside their heads. All I can say is that since the majority of people presented with LDS theology do not join the church (educated and non-educated alike), it seems safe to say that at the very least, they don’t believe what the church teaches. (Some Schmo [screen name])
(To view the comments in their entirety click here.)
When one starts off with a faulty premise, it follows that their line of reasoning will also be faulty. This is summed up by Mr. Schmo’s additional: “ignorance is bliss.”
Indeed, ignorance is bliss! And taking things out of context is an ignorant thing to do when allegedly trying to draw valid conclusions about any topic. Any truly intelligent person will find the first statement quoted above “absurd.” Why? Because it is a mere assertion that the writer cannot prove. The writer cannot have surveyed “most educated people.” The writer ignores the vast number of educated people in the LDS Church. But, paraphrasing another writer above, “when they are raised in the Church, they don’t know any better.” What arrogance!!! How does the writer know that? Simply put, he doesn’t, but such statements make the writer, and others who think the same, feel superior. As I quoted, “ignorance is bliss.”
Now to the comment, “All I can say is that since the majority of people presented with LDS theology do not join the church (educated and non-educated alike), it seems safe to say that at the very least, they don’t believe what the church teaches.” This comment rips reality from context. Mr. Schmo fails to note that, and speaking from long experience, the real reason that most “educated people,” don’t join the Church is because they never actually listen to the message. Indeed, the reality is that most never open their ears to hear what we really believe rather than what some critic says we believe. For example, how many of them have ever actually read the Book of Mormon? As a missionary I tracted door to door virtually every day of my mission. We talked to many ignorant people and many very educated people. Only a handful joined the Church, but the others wouldn’t listen. I would turn the tables and suggest that in reality when educated people actually listen to LDS theology, most do join the Church. They do so because they recognize that here is where the truth is. How many educated people has the above quoted writer met who can HONESTLY say that they have a full grasp of true LDS theology?
Originally posted March 30 2006. Reposted 13 March 2009 due to changing Internet hosts.