Interpreter is dead. Right?

 

 

And this is a perfectly flat plain in the western Sahara.
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It’s 2 January 2014, so it’s definitely time to haul out this confident prophecy from nearly a year ago, made by a critic on a small and rather nasty (and mostly atheist) ex-Mormon message board:

 

“By Jan. 1, 2014 Interpreter will be dead just like Mormon Scholars Testify. Either totally dead or down to token ‘blog’ style postings.” (Bond James Bond, 25 January 2013)

 

Have a look at the website of The Interpreter Foundation:

 

http://www.mormoninterpreter.com

 

We’ve having an Interpreter board meeting tonight.  And an article is scheduled to go up tomorrow.  And our first book will soon come from the press.  Any suggestions on how to break the news to the board members that we’re . . . well, dead?

 

 

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  • Michael P.

    How exactly is “Mormon Scholars Testify” dead either? Seems like several testimonies were added during 2013…

    • DanielPeterson

      There were a few testimonies that went up. The biggest problem is that I’ve been too busy.

      In fact, I’ve been sitting on at least one testimony for a couple of months now. Maybe two or three.

  • Craig L. Foster

    I think the commentor from January 2013 misnamed himself. The better name would have been Idiot, Really an Idiot!

    • Marcus Leigh

      What did someone above about say about lowbrow message boards?

      Since when is one an idiot for making a casual a plausible prediction about how well a website will fare? I thought you guys were supposed to be professional and super classy or something.

      • DanielPeterson

        1) Who is “you guys”? (I am not Legion.)

        2) As a matter of fact, I AM professional and super classy. Thank you for noticing.

  • Bryce Haymond

    To paraphrase Monty Python, “It’s not dead yet!”

    • DanielPeterson

      Not by a long shot. Quite the opposite, in fact.

  • http://plonialmonimormon.blogspot.com/ Stephen Smoot

    ““By Jan. 1, 2014 Interpreter will be dead just like Mormon Scholars Testify. Either totally dead or down to token ‘blog’ style postings.””

    . . . said the man who spends most of his time posting on what is arguably the most lowbrow form of Internet medium–––a message board. (And a particularly loathsome one at that.)

  • JohnH2

    “Any suggestions on how to break the news to the board members that we’re . . . well, dead?”

    Well, you are all to at least some extent cut off from the full presence of God, and therefore some level of dead. Unless some of the board members are translated or resurrected beings in which case they would be fully dead to sin.

  • peredehuit

    Don’t tell them. Let them continue to drink their kool-aid.

  • palerobber

    Dan, just out of curiousity, why did you change that quote from Bond James Bond? Why did you add a period where there wasn’t one before and truncate the original sentence without adding ellipses?

    • DanielPeterson

      The poor fellow is just as wrong in the latter portion of his prophecy as in the first. Are you seeking to prolong his agony? Why?

  • Jon

    Why did you omit the last part of Bond James Bond’s false prophecy?

    “By Jan. 1, 2014 Interpreter will be dead just like Mormon Scholars Testify. Either totally dead or down to token ‘blog’ style postings and re-postings of old/reworked articles (already happening).”

    • DanielPeterson

      He’s just as wrong in the latter portion as in the first. Are you seeking to prolong his agony?

  • joseph peterson

    Not dead. Bravo! But wow, Dan, harboring an old grudge much? You really shouldn’t let the petty insults get to you. It only makes you look like a nit picker. But I hope you feel triumphant against Bond James Bond. Also, what does atheism have to do with the nastiness of the comment board? And why are you lurking around on it? If a criticism against you is proclaimed somewhere on the internet, and you’re not there to huff and puff about it, does it have an effect? Kind of like the tree falling in the woods question.

    • DanielPeterson

      1) Harboring an old grudge not at all, JP. (How are you so consistently wrong? Do you have to work at it, or is it a gift?)

      2) Did I say that there is a causal relationship between the board’s dominant atheism and its dominant nastiness? If so, please show me where I did that.

      3) I find such comments as Bond James Bond’s weird and amusing i their baseless self-assurance. That’s all.

    • Daved6

      wow. It sounds to me like you’re the one harboring grudges.
      Interestingly if the Interpreter did fall and die, as Bond predicted he’d be treated as a great prophet by his followers and clamoring group of instigators. As it is he’s being treated as some helpless victim. Odd, stuff that board. You can’t make it up if you tried.

  • Daved6

    Sad over on the board you reference they are treating this as the most awful and mean-spirited attack, by you, ever. Do they not realize their forever venting selves were the ones who were predicting, with effusive glee, the demise of others, relishing what they assumed was the destruction of others lives?
    If anyone can stand reading extreme bitterness put to print, obnoxiously trying to make a point to justify their hubristic causes, I’d say go and see how dismal life can seem if one lets their anger go to the extreme.


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