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Old 12-02-2011, 03:55 PM
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Default Re: Newtmentum! (David Weigel & Chris Moody)

Originally Posted by hilbert90 View Post
As was pointed out, I was addressing the "morality" issue rather than the doctrinal issue. On the other hand, I fail to see how "doctrine" can actually be separated from people in positions of power in the church telling other people to cover something up and then they follow those commands. Sounds like official policy to me.
You're comparing a doctrinal structure which strikes moderns as offensive to criminal activities by people, not connected to doctrine. As such, it isn't really relevant, is it?

Maybe I'll take a different approach. The first "sign" of being a cult in the link above is that the LDS church has an ultimate leader who can dictate commands from God. The only other Western religion that exists with this property is Catholicism. In fact, the entire structure and hierarchy of the two systems is almost identical. In that sense I'd say that Mormonism and Catholicism are the most closely related rather than the least.
It isn't really intended to. Mormonism is supposed to be imitating the American government in its structure. I guess the similarity is that the American government, like the Catholic church, models itself after the Roman Republic in many ways.

As to that particular element of "cult", it is silly Protestant heresy transformed into psychobabble by "secular humanists".
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