Mormonism and church integrity

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Mormonism and church integrity

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  • Accusations of hypocrisy in current Church practices
    Brief Summary: It is claimed that the Church, as a corporate entity, controls business properties that are not consistent with its stated purposes. Examples include claims that the Church owns controlling stock in the Coca-Cola company, tobacco companies, and alcohol companies. (Click here for full article)
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  • "Lying for the Lord"
    Brief Summary: Some have long accused Mormons of organizationally and systematically “lying for the Lord,” equating such with a policy of using any means necessary to achieve some “good” goal. This claim is false, and a biased reading of Church history. One must not use ethically questionable tactics because one believes the “end justifies the means.” (Click here for full article)
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  • Hiding Joseph's use of a gun at the martyrdom?
    Brief Summary: It is claimed that the Church has tried to hide the fact that Joseph fired a pepperbox pistol at the mob which murdered Hyrum and was soon to kill him, despite numerous mentions of the gun in Church literature, and the fact that the very gun itself is on display at the museum of Church History in Salt Lake City. (Click here for full article)
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  • Gordon B. Hinckley cited false information on the First Vision?
    Brief Summary: It is claimed that there were no religious revivals in the Palmyra, New York area in 1820, and that Gordon B. Hinckley cited false information in a book called Truth Restored. (Click here for full article)
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  • Paid clergy
    Brief Summary: It is claimed that Mormonism prides itself in having unpaid clergy as one proof of the Church's truthfulness. They then point to the fact that some General Authorities, mission presidents, and others do, in fact, receive a living stipend while serving the Church, and point to this as evidence of the “hypocrisy” of the Church. (Click here for full article)
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  • City Creek Center Mall in Salt Lake City
    Brief Summary: Members and critics have questions about the Church's involvement in the redevelopment of the city center in Salt Lake. (Click here for full article)
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  • Claims that church membership numbers distorted
    Brief Summary: It is claimed by some that the Church distorts its membership numbers and rate of growth for public relations purposes. (Click here for full article)
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  • Accusations of plagiarizing C.S. Lewis in General Conference
    Brief Summary: Some claim that President Ezra Taft Benson's famous General Conference address, "Beware of Pride," was plagiarized from C.S. Lewis' chapter on pride in Mere Christianity. (Click here for full article)
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Some claim that the church has "whitewashed" some of the information about its origins to appear more palatable to members and investigators. Some feel that this is done intentionally to hide negative aspects of church history. Others feel that it is done to focus on the good, but that it causes problems for believing members when they encounter these issues outside of church curriculum. (Click here for full article)

  • Cognitive dissonance
    Brief Summary: Many critics of the Church are fond of portraying all members as either naive, ill-informed dupes or cynical exploiters. Fortunately, most fair-minded people realize that—just as in any religion—there are many intelligent, well-informed people who become or remain members of the Church. To get around this, some critics appeal to the psychological concept of 'cognitive dissonance' to try to 'explain away' the spiritual witness of intelligent, articulate members. (Click here for full article)
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  • Testimony and doubt reconciliation
    Brief Summary: How can a person reaffirm their testimony when they learn disconcerting facts that may bring their testimony into doubt? (Click here for full article)
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