August 9th, 2007


The Book of Mormon (Part 5)

Starting on CD #6...

There is a weird reference in Ch 2 (I'm not sure whose anymore, the one before Mosiah) when King Benjamin is dying where he talks about "returning to Mother Earth". That's not a very patriarchal/Judeo-Christian sentiment... That's a clear pagan reference, and an unlikely turn of phrase for a passage written, allegedly around 200 BCE.

Okay, so it is actually Mosiah 2. This ending the CD without warning is irritating. Everything sounds the same.

There is a long passage here, while King Benjamin is still preparing to die, where he talks about how horrible people are and insignifant they are and how much they owe to god and can never repay and how unworthy and worthless they are... People like listening to this? If you said this crap to a child, I might consider it verbal child abuse. I would much rather feel insignificant because of astronomy than because of someone threatening torture and violence if I don't comply body and soul. At least a quasar doesn't have a grudge against me.

How convenient that the prophets are powerful and that there is no greater power than god.

What is ziff? Zyth? Zyph?

I like their idea of justice (*not*): arrest them, find an accusation against him, be put to death. Really nice.

You know what's the convenient thing about imaginary geography? I wonder what Mormons would say if someone pointed out that there was zero archaeological evidence for this completely made up story? At least ome of the Bible stories have a grain of semi-historical fact, and even occasionally refers to real people and foreign gods.

It suddenly occurs to me... How do they know the ending of this story if the Nephites telling the story are suppsed to be destroyed at the end? Not the plates, surely. Just the angel?

The Book of Mormon (Part 6)

I've started CD #9, and I'm caught in abominable traffic, so I thought this might be an okay time to commwnt further.

They keep talking about liberty. The end of Mosiah talks about how they abolished kings for god wanted liberty above all else... religious liberty in particular. Um, yeah. Can you tell it was written in America?

I'm also not real fond of this notion that the judges that rule them now are led by their chief judge who is also the high priest. We certainly don't want to follow that example. Think about that in the context of Utah (who had to change religious doctrine to get statehood) and Mitt Romney. Republicans, ask yourselves seriously if you want a Bush-style Mormon running the country with this kind of tradition. Is that prejudiced? I'd ask the same question of conservative Catholics these days.

I'm also confused how they can have a high priest without practicing "priestcraft". Because at the beginning of Alma, they complain about someone starting to do this... Someone other than Alma.

I'm still trying to figure out the point of this whole made-up historical drama?

Oh, so if you believe the wrong thing, your skin will turn brown? Uh-huh. And if you believe the right thing, it will stop being brown? So I guess there are no black Mormons?