How did Mormonism begin
The US Republican primary fighters are extremely creative. Mitt Romney, for example, can draw on a wealth of postmodern knowledge.
By Markus Spörndli
At first glance, the US Republican primaries appear to be a contest for the most conservative of all possible positions. A conflict of values in which the candidates dig deep into the original scriptures of their religion and arrive at astonishing interpretations. This in itself is more creative than conservative. A few godforsaken conspiracy theorists find that the value debate distracts from secular issues that would be far more relevant to most Americans - and that is precisely why it serves the conservative agenda.
But let's limit ourselves to the facts. And clear up several mistakes: God is not dead. Neither is the devil. Both are mostly active in the US, especially in the bedrooms. The biggest mistakes concern the Mormons, who for the first time have a good chance of becoming their own presidential candidate.
The race between the two top candidates, who come from two minority churches, is particularly fascinating. Mormon Mitt Romney is leading the primary campaign, but his pursuer Rick Santorum from the Catholic racing stable will hardly give up his pole position in the value race: He is steadfast and steadfast against abortion after rape or incest. Contraceptives are "a license to do things in the sexual area that you shouldn't do".
Concentrating on instinctual life is only logical, as the bedroom is exactly in the middle between heaven and hell. Because the devil roams the USA unhindered, as Santorum revealed to a horde of students: With the "great sins of pride, vanity and lust", Satan undermines the institutions of the country. Didn't the Republican Party even feel it was responsible for demolishing state institutions? Another mistake cleared up.
But now to the many grave errors regarding Mormonism. Some mainstream Christians even deny that this religious community belongs to Christianity. The Mormons are very biblical and are equally interested in Christ, the eternal struggle between God and Satan and correct sexual practices. The fact that Romney, a former missionary and Mormon bishop, has hardly played these trump cards so far, is his problem.
What Mormonism definitely has ahead of common Christianity are its two star prophets. Joseph Smith, the first official prophet, wrote "The Book of Mormon" from 1827, a sort of sequel to the time-honored Bible. After all, the Enlightenment lies between the New Testament and the “Book of Mormon”. And so it is not surprising that the Mormon dogma is anything but conservative, but highly forward-looking, hippie-suspicious and postmodern.
Mormons have been pressured by the conservative mainstream to demolish their divine institution of polygamy. Today only a few splinter groups maintain this demographically considerable practice, which can be considered a forerunner for free love in hippie communities. Admittedly, the pioneers' freedom was somewhat one-sided with heterosexual white men.
However, the Mormon Church may continue to maintain its historiography, which anticipates the trend of "glocalization": The Garden of Eden was in the USA, Adam's descendants drove - as a result of a biblically guaranteed flood - with Noah's Ark from the Mississippi to the Middle East. "There," writes the second star prophet, Brigham Young, "the human race began to reproduce and fill the earth when it made its second start on earth." Part of this “race” came back to the USA, where it will soon build the “New Jerusalem”. Young also cleared up errors in the subject of extraterrestrial life (cf. quote below).
A President Romney should use such knowledge when it comes to NASA programs or Middle East policy. He would start a new mission of enlightenment. Perhaps he could also answer a question raised on http://mormon.org, "How does making right decisions help us make more right decisions?"
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