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I used to think that most non-denominational Christians were not only church haters, but also were just a bunch of fence-sitting pansies who were too afraid to take a stand (mean-spirited and judgmental, I know!)…

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I do not think that anymore.

Still Christian!

Still Latter-day Saint/Mormon!

I do feel bad that I used to have this condescending attitude toward Christians who choose not to follow or participate in one certain denomination or religious sect.  But here’s the thing:

If my own faith is centered around Christ, with all other doctrines and details being merely peripheral (which is true of the Latter-day Saint theology), why should I doubt the sincerity and piety of others whose beliefs are essentially the same?

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“And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.”

2nd Nephi 25:26

Yeppers, that pretty much says it all.  And even though that passage is Mormon specific, I’ll bet that pretty much all believers agree with its general message.  So sorry I ever thought the way I did, friends.

Hope you can forgive me…

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*Just a note:  I still do think that it is possible to be too general in moralism and even underly-dogmatic (is that even a word?).  Read Jewish NY Times writer David Brooks’s thoughts on this idea here,  as it specifically relates to the Book of Mormon Broadway musical.

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A Simple Mormon Math Problem

15% of me wants to see “The Book of Mormon” musical,

while 85% of me does NOT:

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Pretty simple which one will win out. 

People have strong feelings about “The Book of Mormon” musical.  A ton has been written about it.  Here are (in my intelligent opinion) 3 of the best insights:

Michael Otterson’s article.

Official LDS spokesperson.  I simultaneously admire and envy this man (and his career) so much.

Plus I could listen to him read the phone-book.

The writers of the musical (South Park guys) said they researched the faith for 7 years.  Brother Otterson talks about all the things the Mormons actually DID in Africa in those 7 years.  Cool!

David Brook’s article.

He is a Jewish writer for the NY Times whom I admire very much.  He talks about how only strict doctrinal religions (like Mormonism!) can survive.  All other half-heartedly, generic attempts don’t really do any good.

Alaska Dispatch article

This piece points out that it shouldn’t be acceptable to ridicule Mormonism.

#we’re all a little curious

#the percentages might change a little bit if someone paid for my theater ticket, airfare, and lodging to NY.  I could write a review of it and put it on this blog.  just sayin’

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