“Dissatisfied liberal Mormons find refuge in the Community of Christ”

“Dissatisfied liberal Mormons find refuge in the Community of Christ” October 2, 2015


Independence Missouri Pseudo-Temple
The Community of Christ’s temple (public worship and education center) in Independence, Missouri, dedicated in 1994
(Wikimedia CC; public domain)
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I realize that there might be several members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that I don’t personally know, but . . .  well, I’ve seen and heard absolutely nothing to suggest the existence of the supposed trend reported here by the British newspaper The Guardian:




And the numbers reported by the author, from which this alleged trend has been extrapolated, seem to me an awfully weak thread on which to base the headline’s claim.


Has anybody out there seen evidence of this purported emigration from the LDS Church to the “Reorganization”?


But, if people want to surrender eternal marriage, Joseph Smith’s First Vision, a historical Book of Mormon, the concept of a physically embodied God to whom we humans are closely related, the doctrine of exaltation, the possibility of the redemption of the dead, and other such rich but peculiarly Mormon teachings in exchange for the thin gruel — I hope that my CofC friends will pardon my candor! — offered up by the Community of Christ (aka the RLDS Church), they’re welcome to it.


I won’t be joining them.


“I have felt the swaying of the elephant’s shoulders,” remarked the sixteenth-century Hindu mystic Mirabai when others invited her to accept religious beliefs and practices that she regarded as impoverished and unexciting, “and now you want me to climb on a donkey?  Please try to be serious.”


Posted from New York City



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