By Kay Burningham
AN AMERICAN FRAUD. One Lawyer's Case opposed to Mormonism
"Each people has to stand the matter--either the Church is correct, or it's a fraud. there is not any heart floor. it's the Church and nation of God or it's nothing." --LDS Prophet Gordon B. Hinckley, April normal convention, 2003.
Many Mormons think that this and different related proclamations by means of LDS leaders are rhetorical statements. But what if the Mormon leaders intended whatever else?
Historically, Mormonism has made gigantic and critical adjustments to its theology. Likewise, Mitt Romney, a life-long Mormon who has served as an LDS chief, tweaks, equivocates and refuses to acknowledge inconvenient evidence. Romney has the main documented crusade flip-flops of any flesh presser in fresh heritage, but he turns out unaware that his development of public contradiction is tricky. After analyzing An American Fraud, the reader will comprehend the nexus among starting to be up Mormon and Romney's innate inauthenticity.
It is anticipated that greater than 1-1.5 million Mormons have resigned from the Church because 1995. Some declare there are extra ex-Mormons than Mormons. An American Fraud explains why there's the sort of fresh, formal abandonment of Mormonism by means of, in lots of instances, formerly religious members.
The publication of Mormon isn't really a translation of historic American historical past engraved in "reformed Egyptian," on golden plates buried by way of an early American prophet. as a substitute, this key Mormon scripture has been proven to be a 19th-century paintings of fiction authored by way of Joseph Smith and maybe others. Historically, such a lot contributors of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints not often learn outdoor their scriptures and Church-approved literature. even though, Mormons have recently begun to find evidence approximately LDS heritage that had formerly been identified to only a few, often scholarly historians of Mormonism. during the discovery of those fundamental historic assets, now to be had on various websites, clever and curious Mormons have reached a severe aspect. in the event that they learn, they've got develop into disaffected and disoriented. Many are experiencing crises of faith.
The first 3rd of An American Fraud. One Lawyer's Case opposed to Mormonism, chronicles the Author's trip out of the faith. the second one a part of the publication is an exposé, together with an research lower than the law. The writer, an skilled civil trial lawyer, locations the actions of Mormon leaders over nearly centuries of their right felony framework, examining not just the misrepresentations, however the ensuing damages: political, environmental and particularly psycho-social.
The fraud devoted via generations of Mormon leaders is they have regularly misrepresented the proof surrounding the resource in their scriptures. Neither the golden plates, nor writings via the outdated testomony prophet Abraham, claimed to were inscribed on bought Egyptian papyri, ever existed. moreover, the claimed visitations by way of biblical apostles to revive misplaced priesthoods to Smith and his colleagues by no means occurred. Yet for many years LDS leaders have at the very least neglected, if now not suppressed and grossly misrepresented, what has been confirmed to be the genuine proof surrounding Mormonism's origins, remodeling and re-packaging the founding evidence and the theology as precious.
Billions of U.S. funds and different foreign money, donated by way of around the world devoted individuals, were used to extend the worldwide advertisement holdings of this company conglomerate. in the meantime, deserving beneficiaries of the donations, the negative and distressed, admittedly obtain only a small percent of the Church's gross source of revenue. those that joined or endured on within the faith kind of trusted LDS leaders' misrepresentations approximately its origins to their major detriment. Given what has been confirmed approximately its assets, the Mormon faith can't remain defended lower than any pretext as a spiritual association for the great of its participants.
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An American Fraud: One Lawyer's Case against Mormonism by Kay Burningham