The prevalence of a spirit of contention amongst a people is a certain sign of deadness with respect to the things of religion. When men's spirits are hot with contention, they are cold to religion. - Jonathan Edwards “The Book of Mormon does not supplant the Bible. It expands, extends, clarifies, and amplifies our knowledge of the Savior. Surely, this second witness should be cause for great rejoicing by all Christians.” - Joseph B. Wirthlin

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Inclusion leads to unity

In April 2021 General Conference, Elder Gary E. Stevenson taught:

The Lord expects us to teach that inclusion is a positive means toward unity and that exclusion leads to division.

The importance of his teaching cannot be overstated.

On this blog, as well as my other blogs and books, we include all points of view. I link to and discuss multiple working hypotheses, always hoping this leads to unity (which is not the same as agreement). Everyone who loves, lives by, and seeks to share the Book of Mormon ought to feel a sense of unity of purpose, even if we have different ideas about its setting, historicity, and origins.

Yet leading LDS intellectuals oppose inclusion and actively exclude even faithful members whose interpretations don't perfectly align with their M2C and SITH theories.

Specifically, the editorial policies of, Book of Mormon Central, the Interpreter and others specifically and adamantly exclude those of us who don't accept M2C and SITH. 

Maybe someday they will change. No one is asking them to abandon the theories they have promoted for decades.

We just ask them to accommodate multiple working hypotheses so Latter-day Saints can make informed decisions. 

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