You’re right. I’m sorry.]]>
Joseph, I think I agree with that, but I find that I rarely have the opportunity to engage in conversations in-person like I have in the nacle. I don’t think that means I’m a shut-in. I think it just means the nacle is awesome and necessary.]]>
What’s stopping others from applying the same label to you?]]>
I recall one jarring comment by an active Mormon who said he had received personal revelation that he didn’t need to go to his bishop to confess any sin whatsoever ever again. Even worse, he posted it to a blog of an investigator. (Luckily she joined the Church anyhow).
That’s extreme, I know. Usually the message is much more subtle, but they are out there.
I love Mormon blogs that teach and edify. They are some of my favorite things to read. I don’t love the ones that set themselves at odds with Church leaders, even if only in their tone.]]>
I haven’t posted anything here for quite a while.
Ironically, the last General Conference made me feel guilty for doing too much commenting elsewhere and not enough original posts of my own.
I think there probably are one or two General Authorities who really would like to regulate the bloggernacle somehow. But they are stuck in a no-win situation there.
If they let the bloggernacle go unchecked, they risk losing control of the narrative of the LDS Church as it is presented to the world. Already journalists are looking at the bloggernacle for cues on what to think about Mormonism. But the bloggernacle is composed of free agents pretty-much beyond the control of Salt Lake. Our Church leadership is used to having total control of the message (I’m not saying that’s good or bad – just that it is). The bloggernacle threatens that status quo. It’s very hard to control the message online generally.
But if they do another “September Six,” make a prominent example of a few bloggers, and issue a few harsh General Conference addresses, all they are going to do is drive the existing bloggernacle underground, and probably radicalize it. Pro-tradition LDS bloggers (those that support the conventional LDS wisdom) will be undermined and discredited in the online community, and the bloggernacle will end up looking more like the DAMU.
It doesn’t matter if an apostle says you can’t Google a testimony. For better or for worse, that’s exactly what most of the rising generation does. The internet may not be their only source of information. But it is their first source of information.
The LDS Church needs a voice online that does not force people to either embrace the religion wholeheartedly or reject it as totally depraved and evil. There has to be a meeting of online searchers halfway. Otherwise the LDS Church loses online credibility and the accusations of brainwashing and cult-behavior really will be true.]]>