LDS Shaken Faith Syndrome

Now, I must admit as a man anchored to biblical fundamentals, post-LDS Runtu has me chuckling with this comment on his blog.

He has got a point.

Browse through your local Deseret.

I think the head of the living LDS apostles, Boyd K. Packer, breathes, writes, teaches, and leads like a man rooted in black and white LDS fundamentals.

And for a bit of interesting trivia, take a look on page 25 in the latest book, Mine Errand from the Lord: Selections from the Sermons and Writings of Boyd K. Packer (Deseret, 2008).

The official Church publishing company even has the audacity to retain this statement by Packer in the 2008 book (It is almost embarrassing; you would think that the highest leader under the LDS First Presidency has had the same education as Sarah Palin.):

And I am sorry to say, the so-called theistic evolution, the theory that God used an evolutionary process to prepare a physical body for the spirit of man, is equally false (25).

Do the LDS apostles, the visible authorities of the LDS Church, seek to keep abreast of what their own apologetics department writes?  Skim through Michael R. Ash’s book, Shaken Faith Syndrome (2008).  He suggests that it is those with fundamentalist tendencies who are most vulnerable to being apostates.

Should we be worried about Mr. Packer, the American chief of the apostles and arch defender of LDS revelation?


  1. Is the writer of this article questioning Elder Packer because he says man was not evolved from apes? Does that mean that he, the writer of the article, believes that we actually DID come from apes? Does the rest of Christendom (meaning those who aren’t lds) actually believe we were evolved from apes? I would never have thought any men of faith could be so foolish.

    To say that one has “fundamentalist tendencies” and are “most vulnerable to being apostates” because they haven’t been confused by this teaching of the world is ludicrous. If this is dangerous fundamentalist tendency, then the vast majority of LDS members have succumbed to it. As far as anti-mormon jabs go, I have to say this is one of the weakest I’ve ever seen.

  2. Anthony writes, “then the vast majority of LDS members have succumbed to it.”

    Living in S.E. Idaho, I think so, too, Anthony.

    But perspectives radically differ among LDS depending on who one talks to and what LDS books one reads.

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