Reason #74: Because of how betrayal feels– and can be conveyed

What follows is the fourth of a five-part series that Zondervan published on their academic blog, Koinonia. The subject matter may repeat some previous “365” posts, but I will nonetheless publish them for those who might not want to scroll back through all the previous posts. The Mormon Mirage 4 of 5 by Latayne C. Scott A Former Member Looks at the Mormon Church Today 4 of 5: “It’s All About the Story” Some Mormons have begun to publicly criticize me for “spending my life criticizing the LDS Church.” It’s true that 5 of my 14 books are about Mormonism. However, that’s a fraction of my writings, and until this year the last book I published on the subject was 15 years ago. If I were the rabid dog nipping at the heel...

Reason #73: The cost of losing one’s God

What follows is the third of a five-part series that Zondervan published on their academic blog, Koinonia.  The subject matter may repeat some previous “365” posts, but I will nonetheless publish them for those who might not want to scroll back through all the previous posts. The Mormon Mirage, pt. 3 of 5 by Latayne C. Scott Agreeing with Spurgeon The Mormon Mirage is not the only book I wrote about Mormonism. In another, Why We Left Mormonism: Eight People Tell their Stories(Baker), I interviewed seven other people to find out what was effective in reaching them while they were LDS, what mistakes Christians made, what advice they offered. In another, After Mormonism, What? Reclaiming the Ex-Mormon’s Worldview for Christ(Baker), I applied the...

Reason #71: The insights of Representational Research

What follows is the second of a five-part series that Zondervan published on their academic blog, Koinonia.  The subject matter may repeat some previous “365” posts, but I will nonetheless publish them for those who might not want to scroll back through all the previous posts. The Mormon Mirage, 2 of 5 by Latayne C. Scott A Former Member Looks at the Mormon Church Today Understanding Representational Research One very useful thing about once being so catastrophically wrong about a god — and all associated things religious — is that I am reluctant to say I can never again be mistaken, even in the most crucial areas of my faith.  I have found, as have many ex-Mormons, that such an experience can make one tenuous and fearful. Most...

Reason #70 –Can’t We All Just Get Along?

What follows is the first of a five-part series that Zondervan published on their academic blog, Koinonia.  The subject matter may repeat some previous “365” posts, but I will nonetheless publish them for those who might not want to scroll back through all the previous posts. The Mormon Mirage, part 1 of 5 by Latayne C. Scott Latayne C. Scott is the author of numerous books on Mormonism from a Christian perspective, including The Mormon Mirage. She is also a former member of the LDS church. We’ve asked her to share some thoughts on Mormonism and Christianity with us here at Koinonia. – Andrew A Former Member Looks at the Mormon Church Today 1 of 5: Can’t We All Just Get Along? Zondervan’s new edition of The Mormon...

Reason #69: Because Mormonism Poisons the Biblical Well

A recent guest on Chris Arnzen’s hour-long radio program, Iron Sharpens Iron, was Sandra Tanner.  As well as being Brigham Young’s great, great granddaughter, she is also one of the world’s most authoritative experts on Mormonism.  She and her late husband Jerald archived and distributed many of the documents from early LDS history to which I never had access when I was a Mormon.  In fact, Sandra probably did more to help me leave Mormonism than any other person other than my husband. In her Iron Sharpens Iron interview (mp3 available here, too), Sandra discussed why it is that so many people leave Mormonism and want nothing to do with the Bible.  Sandra describes this, saying that because Mormons spend so much time depreciating the  Bible...