How Mormons Deal With Doubt: Blame the Doubter

An op-ed at the Religion News Service talks about how Mormons deal with doubt. They turn around and blame the doubter and make that person the issue. This writer dealt with that issue when I looked into Mormonism when I was in college in Montana in the late 1990’s.

“The beginning of wisdom is found in doubting; by doubting we come to the question, and by seeking we may come upon the truth.”

Pierre Abelard

“To have doubted one’s own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.”

Oliver Wendall Holmes      

22 And of some have compassion, making a difference

Jude 1:22 KJV

The old Southern Pacific station in Burlingame, California.

At this blog I don’t speak about Mormonism often but from time to time I will see something that gives me pause, or it will remind of how I looked into Mormonism in college. You can go through the Mormon posts I have composed at this blog in the table of contents. When I looked into Mormonism while in college in Montana I was convinced that one day I would be baptized. I dealt with doubts but I thought that in time they would be worked out. One of things that bothered and puzzled me is that when I had doubts about some aspects of The Book of Mormon or conflicts inside Mormonism I raised them with Mormon missionaries. What happened is that the Mormon doubts were turned around and played back to me. The Mormon missionaries testified of how The Book of Mormon is true and how the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. I was the problem in the end as they easily believed. In the end doubt is something that kept me out of Mormonism, and the LDS faith had major problems as I witnessed.

Today doubt inside Mormonism is a major problem, and the internet has made it worse by letting Mormons access information within minutes. Too much of the Mormon faith is built on questionable issues. Doubt plays out in the lives of Mormons in many ways. Here are some examples.

  1. Person committed to baptism now deals with doubts.
  2. Mormon missionary deals with doubt and leaves the faith and faces excommunication.
  3. Doubts and a Mormon missionary experience and leaving the LDS faith.
  4. Doubt and telling your Mormon wife that you don’t believe.
  5. Doubt and the process of leaving the Mormon faith.

Doubt is a major issue in Mormonism and recently there was an op-ed article at the Religion News Service that looked at how the Mormon church turns the doubt back onto the person. This is a brief post but after seeing this I had to do a quick post about all this. The article is called, “How Mormons handle doubt: Blame the victim.”

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