Thursday, July 25, 2013

Some Mormons Search the Web and Find Doubt

A high-ranking leader of the Mormon church in Europe voices his doubts about the truth of some of the church's teachings.  According to this NY Times story, Hans Mattsson was a pillar of the Mormon church in Europe but began to have doubts when fellow believers found  "information from the Internet that contradicted the church’s history and teachings."  For example, he saw credible evidence that Mormon founder, Joseph Smith was a polygamist and discovered that "other scriptures were rife with historical anomalies." Other church officials are also questioning the church. The Times outlines the specific questions or anomalies about which Mattsson and others are talking.

This might be a great article for a religion class.  Students might research whether these issues are  unique to Mormons.

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