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Mormon Epistemology and Agenda Explained
Book review by Kay Burningham

This is a short, but well-written book by a distant cousin of Mitt Romney who shares his thoughts on why he chose to leave the LDS Church after a lifetime of service. In middle age, Park Romney realizes that LDS truth is manufactured through emotion and that LDS priesthood authority is no more than a group of men who try to lead as they feel they should, many times without regard to making just decisions in their callings by reviewing evidence, but by making decisions that validate their feelings or their agenda. This process, known as confirmation bias, is endemic in Mormon theology and practice.

Romney deconstructs Mormon epistemology, exposing the fraud of the religion, with its own scripture as evidence. His book examines the false methods used to determine `truth’ in Mormonism and instead speaks to the process of determining Truth with a capital “T.” This book will make those who want an easy, “feel good” answer to life’s questions uncomfortable–as it should.

As another reviewer has written: “The epistemology of Mormonism is its most profoundly relevant device in accomplishing the psychological repression that is essential for its survival. Park Romney not only exposes this device, but painstakingly documents its doctrinal roots in Mormon scripture and then walks the reader through the intricate application of the philosophical and psychological and sociological mechanics of this device throughout the Mormon missionary process and subsequent cultural experience.”

Additionally, Park Romney’s analysis can be applied with interest to the dizzying political spin of Mitt Romney’s candidacy for US. President. Mitt Romney changes his position when it is expedient and many times, it appears, for no other reason. Thus, Mitt follows what has been historic protocol in Mormonism, and other “isms,” since their inception–a pragmatic approach to truth: don’t fix it if it ain’t broken. However, if one is the leader of a dearly held belief system and you encounter social or political pressure to change, then and only then, change, but deny the change and expunge the change as in Orwell’s Animal Farm. If all the great books exposing Mormonism’s fraudulent underpinnings were one baked into one desert, then Romney’s book is the cherry on the cake. An understanding of Mormonism would not be complete without it.

But the principles Romney explains in The Apostasy of a High Priest are not necessarily unique to Mormonism. They are applicable to an analysis of organized religion and other business institutions on a global scale; these principles have broad application to the understanding of Truth. Many readers who know little about Mormonism might well find Park Romney’s book an enlightening and provocative read as it applies to the universal deception by any powerful elite governing group over its governed. I highly recommend the book not only as a view into Mormon epistemology, but as a hard look at what passes for Truth in a world that increasingly manipulates its consumers.











Is the Apparent Selfishness of Mitt Romney Evidence of a Larger Problem?
(Mormon Epistemology )
Could it be Epistemology? Mitt Romney is shaped primarily by his upbringing in the Mormon Church. It is relevant in this case because it is the vehicle by which he justifies his reluctance to release his tax returns. Those returns would demonstrate the pittance he has paid to the American Government due to his creative accountants finding every single loophole domestically and offshore. It also has justified his acquisition of wealth at all costs, especially by the devastation of so many lives and jobs which Bain Capital has decimated. My questions grow as I consider these two aspects of the faith: (1) The LDS church is one of the wealthiest religions in America while, (2) Mormon-dominated Utah is consistently first in personal bankruptcies. The Church gets rich–as members get poor. I looked to Park Romney for guidance.... [1]


Biased Belief: Why the Mormon Missionaries Haven't Converted Me Yet
(Mormon Epistemology )
When a friend of mine left for Brazil to serve his two-year mission with the LDS church after graduating high school, I began meeting with pairs of missionaries at home. After almost nine years of these occasional discussions, I think I have a pretty good idea of what they believe, and why I don’t. [2]


The Epistemological Weight of Warm Fuzzies
(Mormon Epistemology )
I feel similarly. Due to the frequency with which the “burning in the bosom” language was used around me, for a long time I doubted whether I had really had many spiritual experiences; that didn’t match up very well with what I had experienced....p [3]


Religious Epistemology - Mormon Dialogue & Discussions
(Mormon Epistemology )
Religious Epistemology - posted in General Discussions: The Book of Mormon and Religious Epistemology (Givens 2001) I've been thinking a lot about the nature of truth lately. About what it means to "know" something. After reading Givens I had a few thoughts. Anytime "revelation" becomes part of an epistemological method or "model", propositional truth takes on an extremely subjective element. Alma 32 suggests that building upon a foundation of faith, one can ac... ... [4]


Mormon Epistemology - Mormons and the Burning in the Bosom - D&C 9:8
(Mormon Epistemology )
A look at how this LDS Scripture is used out of context to justify using feelings to know truth.... [5]


Witnessing to Mormons using a Reformed Presuppositional Apologetic Epistemology
(Mormon Epistemology )
Do we witness to Mormons and other non-believers by appealing to a supposed body of neutral facts and then ask them to objectively consider the evidence and then embrace the Christian faith? This may sound reasonable, but does it take into account the nature of fallen man? Will someone with a fallen nature be able to objectively look at the claims and demands set forth in the Word of God? If not, how do we get beyond this seemingly insurmountable problem? I will attempt to deal with these questions as we move through the material in this presentation. To start, lets consider the dynamics of what happens in a typical encounter with a Mormon and Christian. [6]


Mormon Philosophy & Theology
(Mormon Epistemology )
A curious example of a Mormon approach to epistemology: "The first obvious question in an LDS context with applied epistemology is the nature of the Book of Mormon. Now I personally think that many of the arguments against the historicity of the Book of Mormon by critics are pretty weak. So I'll skip the Spaulding theories and so forth. But there are some arguments that are reasonably strong. Those are mainly problems such as claims of horses and swords in the Book of Mormon whereas most of the evidence in archaeology suggests that there are no pre-Columbian horses during the period claimed for the Book of Mormon and no swords matching the description of the Book of Mormon. Apologists have counter-claims to this. For instance Sorenson speaking on horses notes that the word horse was applied by the early Spaniards to animals that weren't horses. Thus he argues that this is an artifact of translation. Others simply suggest that evidence for horses hasn't been found but that doesn't entail there weren't horses, often appealing to a similar lack of elephants for Hannibal or other historic claims without archaeological evidence. These are primarily apologetic moves though. Demonstrating why one can rationally believe in Book of Mormon historicity without really demonstrating that there are persuasive counter-arguments." [7]


Mormon Epistemology, Philosophy & Theology
(Mormon Epistemology )
Thats not what Im saying. Im saying the traditional concept is wrong and then providing a of what I think is wrong in it. I didnt provide an argument for why it is wrong. I merely pointed out that the concept is non univocal and there is no good reason (at least as given) to assume the traditional concept. ...p [8]


Mormon epistemology by Defensor Veritatis
(Mormon Epistemology )
I have a suggestion: the weakness of personal revelation in particular, and intuition in general, is that it is as easily mistaken as any of the other four methods. Just as one may rely on an unreliable authority, or use faulty logic, or fall victim to misleading empirical phenomena, intuition can be led astray. One may intuit or perceive something that is not actually substantial or reliable (i.e. interpret as revelation something that is not). One may have spent his entire life forming his sense of intuition (or revelation) to be attuned to such things. One may intuit genuinely but incompletely; he may miss the point. [9]


LDS epistemology bulletpoints
(Mormon Epistemology )
LDS epistemology bulletpoints I posted this recently, but I have added a 9th point... [10]


Mormon Epistemology from Lehi's Library
(Mormon Epistemology )
These articles explore LDS epistemology (how we know truth). Offsite Articles/Resources Blake Ostler: Spiritual Experience asáthe [11]


LDS - Mormon - epistemology bulletpoints
(Mormon Epistemology )
Epistemology is the study of theories of knowledge; and attempt to define knowledge. Here, in a nutshell, is what I think LDS epistemology boils down to... [12]


Mormon Epistemology - Mormon Dialogue & Discussion
(Mormon Epistemology )
Mormon Epistemology - posted in Miscellaneous: On a now closed thread, I was about to post this to a new poster, who was alleging that one must base religious decisions on empirical data, and yet I found his blog, which he was blatantly advertising, to be in total contradiction [13]


Mormon Epistemology for denial
(Mormon Epistemology )
An often inarticulate theme in discussions related to religious belief is epistemology û the studyof how humans come to think they 'know'. Without trying to summarize more than a smallfraction of the wonderful debates that have occurred over the centuries respecting this topic, Iwill attempt to outline and analyze Mormon epistemology. Frequently denial is a direct result of a conflict between a basic principle of a belief system andan aspect of reality. For example, Catholics believe that the Bible and the Pope were inerrant.That was a basic feature of their epistemology. When Galileo came along with his microscope,he produced information that was perceived to conflict with both the Bible and the Pope. Thiscaused wide-spread denial with regard to the evidence, and scientific tools, Galileo produced. [14]


Epistemology from the Encyclopedia of Mormonism
(Mormon Epistemology )
Epistemology is the branch of philosophy dealing with the nature and scope of knowledge. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has no uniform position on the classical issues of epistemology, such as the relationship of the sources of knowledge, theories of truth, and modes of verification, but the superiority of knowing by revelation from God is commonly cited from the scriptures. [15]


Mormon Epistemology - Self Hypnosis?
(Mormon Epistemology )
Strikes me more as a case of self-hypnosis. If the evidence for Mormonism so clearly exists why is all this building of expectation and preparation needed to find what should be evident? [16]


Mormon Epistemology and Faith
(Mormon Epistemology )
Anyone who has encountered Mormon missionaries for any length of time is familiar with Mormon epistemology, that is, the Mormon way of knowing.á In one sense it is an advanced epistemology comparat... [17]


Mormon Ways of Knowing
(Mormon Epistemology )
Years ago I got a call from someone from one of the major LDS book publishers. (ItÆs been so long I canÆt remember which û although it definitely wasnÆt Deseret Books) They were planning on publishing a kind of Mormon dictionary that addressed many of the topics within Mormonism using short scholarly entries. The main emphasis was less the summation than to have a pretty thorough bibliography for each entry. They were calling me because several people had suggested that I was the best source for the topic of Mormon epistemology. Now I have to confess this never made much sense to me as I know there were many people better qualified. (It had already been years since IÆd been in academia) I loved the idea of the project though so I agreed.... [18]


Mormon Epistemology and Mitt Romney - by Kay Burningham
(Mormon Epistemology )
Kay Burningham explains the relevance of Park Romney's book, The Apostasy of a High Priest to the presidential campaign of Mitt Romney [19]



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Mormon Epistemology Explained

This is well-written book by a cousin of Mitt Romney who shares his thoughts on why he chose to leave the LDS Church after a lifetime of service. Park Romney's book speaks to truth and will make those who want an easy, "feel good" answer to life's questions uncomfortable--as it should! Of the great books by former LDS who address the fraudulent underpinnings and corporate greed of Mormonism this one explains the epistemology (doctrinal theory of truth and knowldege) of Mormonism. Here, the reader will get valuable insight into the mental processing and psychology of would-be President of the United States, Mitt Romney. For a good understanding of why Mitt finds no problem with his flip-flops, and how the Mormon Church influences the decisions of its members, it is mandatory reading!

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Mormonthink.com is a site produced largely by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who are interested in the historical accuracy of the church and how it is being taught to its members and portrayed in the media. We invite scholarly debate by critics, true-believers and anyone interested in Mormon history. There is a lot of misinformation on the LDS church that is presented by both critics and defenders of the faith - particularly on the Internet. We present both sides fairly and let the reader decide.

Mormonthink.com is a favorite reference site of Park Romney who has enormous respect for the group and what they are doing. They should receive an award for their objectivity.