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Hopefully one day you’ll decide to try your hand at some real study.

I cannot study the Bible or the Book of Mormon. It is all so improbable, historically and scientifically inaccurate and inconsistant. Most of all it is so dull in comparison to all the genuinely informative books that I don’t have time to read. Life is too short to read any book more than once. Study is a sure way to reduce any otherwise appealing subject to torture.

I think the Mormons are pretty harmless but deluded people, and I have great difficulty seeing how someone who is so obviously intelligent as you are can buy that whole fantastic Mormon story. I can’t accept that, and this is why I have to assume that you realy know it is all fake. I know that you must know better. I grant that the sect does many good works and enables its followers to have fulfilling, wholesome and productive lives.

In Samoa and elsewhere, I have seen your young naive missionaries, who have hardly yet lived themselves, pressing mature but trusting islanders who have converted enthusiastically to Christianity. THey convince them to shed their deeply held (but still delicate in terms of understanding doctrine) Christian faith and take up the whole impossible American Mormon belief set. That is what is really irritating about Mormonism to me – the sheer self righteous arrogance of it all.

We have discussed this before and I know that you believe that all people are equally fair game wherever they live and whatever they believe now. This is wrong.

The discipline thing is not really significant because it can be easily rationalised away as pastoral care, as you have done. It probably only really matters when it divides families. I don’t even think that is done from malice, but from a genuine but misguided conviction that these people must be saved above all else – even from their loved ones, and it does not matter in that context if anyone gets hurt. THis is wrong too.

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I have great difficulty seeing how someone who is so obviously intelligent as you are can buy that whole fantastic Mormon story.

That’s probably because…

I cannot study the Bible or the Book of Mormon.

…assuming by “study the Book of Mormon” you also mean “study the religion that goes along with it.”

We have discussed this before and I know that you believe that all people are equally fair game wherever they live and whatever they believe now. This is wrong.

Fair game to what … approach them on the street and talk to them? Anything more than that and teaching those sincerely involved – as well as regular service and study – isn’t what the missionaries are there to do. Not sure where the problem is.

a genuine but misguided conviction that these people must be saved above all else – even from their loved ones, and it does not matter in that context if anyone gets hurt. THis is wrong too.

I don’t follow you. Are you saying it’s wrong to choose a religion that differs from your parents?

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