Date: November 29, 2012 12:08AM
I was reading up a bit, as I am prone to do and I ran across this page in the FAIR Wiki. I came here specifically to see if I had missed any of their great explanations about why Mormon teachings are so horribly inconsistent. In this search I found not a defense but an admission. FAIR admits that the reason the Mormon church doesn't teach certain things any more is........ the things taught were stupid. Here are two quotes, and I'll include the link.
"Prophets are not scientists: Their views of science tend to reflect the prevailing views of the time. For example, Brigham Young expressed a number of opinions regarding science that one would consider very humorous or even outlandish today, such as the suggestion that the moon and the sun were inhabited."
"Modern day prophets are no more immune to the current thinking of their day. On May 14, 1961, Apostle (and future Church president) Joseph Fielding Smith declared that “We will never get a man into space. This earth is man's sphere and it was never intended that he should get away from it.” As much as critics would like to declare this a “failed prophecy,” would it be reasonable to expect the Church to teach such a thing in light of current knowledge?"
Let me highlight this"...WOULD IT BE REASONABLE TO EXPECT THE CHURCH TO TEACH SUCH A THING IN LIGHT OF CURRENT KNOWLEDGE?" Russia had put man in space a month before JF Smith made this statement. Russia did this and then told the whole world that they had done it right afterward. JF Smith would have known that Yuri Gagarin had orbited the earth when he made this statement.
The Mormon church: we teach stupid stuff, but if it ever gets humorously stupid we will stop teaching it.http://en.fairmormon.org/Mormonism_and_doctrine/Changing
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/29/2012 12:10AM by jacob.