I’m still in the middle of handing in final projects and taking final exams for school. I really don’t have time for this. Unfortunately, I heard a snippet of Lawrence O’Donnells Mormon rant on Mclaughlin group and cannot get it out of my head. For some reason the Bill Maher or Christopher Hitchens rants never seemed to phase me. I’ve heard it from various sources my whole life. School teachers, friends, relatives, total strangers. I’m not sure why O’Donnell got to me. It’s not because I respect him. It’s not because his words were totally untrue. Maybe its because he alters the facts just slightly to make it hard to argue against. Joseph Smith pro-slavery? Any legit historian will tell you otherwise. But yet he wasn’t a hardcore abolitiionist either. Its this sound-bite world we live in. There’s no time to dissect the complexity of an issue. No time to discuss context or hypocrisy. It has left me frightened to open myself up to people let alone talk about the complexity of my church.
So my question is: What do all of you do when your faith is challenged? What do you do when in spite of your unwavering conviction through real spiritual experiences, you realize that your churches history is nearly impossible to explain ?