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A Thinking Man's Analysis
The analysis of Mormonism detailed in this well written book exposes the damage done to individual members by an organization dedicated to its own wealth. Rather than detail the many faith destroying issues surrounding Mormonism, Mr Romney focuses on the psychological underpinnings of control in a "faith" gone seriously awry. He explains the relationships between the "doctrines" of Mormonism and how they damage an individuals self worth, ability to honestly question, and their ability to express themselves in meaningful and honest ways.
Mormons are deeply offended when their religious organization is referred to as a "Cult." The most commonly heard rebuttal to the accusation is "If Mormonism is a cult then all religions are cults." Park Romney does a superb job of showing why Mormonism deserves the appellation of "Cult" with all of its negative connotations. The information in the book is timely and relevant given the political atmosphere and the "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" attempts to influence the political process.
I agree with Kay Burningham that the information in this book can be applied to not just Mormonism but many religious and secular organizations which use techniques of mind control to influence people. It is a fascinating read and well worth taking the time to read thoroughly.
One of the more famous apostates is even a relation of Willard Romney, Mormon royalty. Park Romney, Willard’s second cousin, who has written a riveting account of his journey away from the faith.
The Apostasy of a High Priest, the Sociology of an American Cult is a look into the Mormon religion and it's powerful control of all socioeconomic ramifications. The author, Park Romney, is Willard Romney's second cousin. He was a High Priest in the Mormon Church who, through critical thinking and inquisitiveness, concluded the faith was based on a house of lies. The book is a testimony of his journey into apostate status and how, despite immense consequences, it was all worth it to be true to himself.
This book is required reading for anyone who may cast a vote for Willard Romney and Paul Ryan.
In this truthful testimony, Park hits on how the LDS cult truly demands blind obedience at the expense of critical thinking. The book has definitely prompted me to make a few comparisons of my own. I believe that's the measure of a good book; it encourages the reader to open his or her mind to learn more.
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Las Vegas, Nevada
... I read your book on the flight home to Atlanta and felt an immediate connection to your experiences.... There isn't enough room in this little comment box to express my deep appreciation for articulating that which so many have experienced - but nevertheless thank you once again. You have provided an interesting view of human sociology and the origins of faith - of which I would contemplate for weeks to come. I agree with you whole-heartedly - true peace comes with knowledge and a deep understanding of truth, objective and universal truth. I have already begun circulating your book...
Dear Park. I was so touched by your book. Also my family and my friends. Thanks you for writing it. Apostasy is not so easy.
We all think your book should be even more widely known. We try to to help you on our small scale.
But we feel like wishing you to promote your book perhaps like the very interesting and good BBC video where you talk.
Please do more like this if they ask you.
Have a good summer, promote your fine book!
I just read the book The Apostasy of a High Priest, by Park B. Romney.
Please tell Park that I am in awe of his courage, good judgment, and conviction, and that I feel for the pain and heartbreak he must have suffered, and is still suffering.
He has my ultimate respect, something in rare supply today.
I would never vote for a Mormon for President, but I would vote for Park B. Romney, because he is a caring, thinking, intelligent, descent, human being.
God bless him, if there is a God. Nobody has all the answers.
Rodeo, New Mexico
Profoundly significant discussion of Mormon epistemology
In this review, I hope to congratulate and thank Park Romney, for his book, The Apostasy of a High Priest.
I agree with Kay Burningham, that Park Romney's book is well written, and a "cherry on the cake" of the subject matter. I agree with Kay Burningham, that other well written books, as she has mentioned, and her book, An American Fraud, are all very important contributions to the literature on the subject of the fraudulent underpinnings and greed of Mormonism.
While Kay Burningham's book is to be respected on the subject of the application of the law to extant evidence of the historical and ongoing fraud of Mormonism, Park Romney's book is unique in a couple of very significant ways. First, The Apostasy of a High Priest stands alone and completely independent of any other book, including Kay Burningam's, in establishing its arguments and indictments of the fraud of the Mormon Church in a manner that is profoundly meaningful, enormously significant, unassailably grounded, rooted in the doctrine of the Church itself, and not even covered in other books, including Kay Burningham's.
Having discussed this with others, I know that I am not the only former member of the Mormon Church who finds Park Romney's book to be entirely unique in its presentation of a very significant discussion of the Church's own violations of their own doctrinal definitions of the constraints of the Mormon priesthood. Mr. Romney's book is a conclusive indictment against the Mormon church in a way that is entirely unique, and, quite frankly, in my view, a far greater philosophical threat to the viability of Mormonism than any other book published on the subject matter by virtue of its inescapable logic that demonstrates the hypocrisy and duplicity of the Mormon priesthood when measured by its own doctrinal standards.
Second, Mr. Romney's book is, perhaps, one of the most significant and incisive discussions of the epistemology of the Mormon Church, which is the philosophical corruption that makes the working fraud of Mormonism possible. 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.
Mr. Romney's book is a brilliant expose of what is absolutely most relevant to the cult of Mormonism. It surpasses anything else I've read on the subject in its brief and succinct 10 chapters. I highly recommend this book.... before you read anything else on the subject. Many will find anything else on the subject, after this, to be superfluous detail to the more salient discussion that this book contains.
San Diego, California
Mormon Epistemology and Agenda Explained
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 a la Orwell's "Animal Farm". If all the great books exposing Mormonism's fraudulent underpinnings represent a delicious dessert, then Romney's work is the cherry on the cake. Any serious study of Mormonism would not be complete without reading his analysis.
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.
Attorney, Author of
An American Fraud - One Lawyer's Case against Mormonism
Park City, Utah
I just received and read your book, and it was really thought-provoking. Your "Santa Claus" chapter was especially meaningful to me. Having also been permanently "disfellowshipped" from my siblings, I'll be thinking for a long time about your passage, "The last thing my family will find time for is a fair hearing of the things I've been accused of. The presumption of my guilt serves intense social and emotional purposes"...you hit the point exactly and so eloquently.
Park Romney is a magnificent and compelling writer that took me down a path to where I found myself saying, "Wow, I agree with this", quite often. The book goes beyond Mormonism and into the underlying philosophy of belief itself and the human roots of faith. I applaud this writer for coming forth and publishing what others think, but are afraid to say.
A must read!
I finished your book. Wow! You have my deepest respect. I really mean that. I really admire your courage.
Salt Lake City, Utah
In a world searching for answers, this book asks the right questions. Bravo!
I like the concept of your clinical description of the development of a human child. You've had quite a life experience and you are gifted to be able to explain it. I loved that line "Faith is a human manifestation of confidence." You're extraordinarily bright and gifted.
Very thoughtful and thought provoking. Goes way beyond Mormonism and into why we believe. Really made me think.
Las Vegas, Nevada
A thinking man's book. Not for the intellectually or emotionally weak. Very challenging, thought provoking, and eloquent.
New York, New York
Very interesting and enlightening. Thoughtful comparative discussion of the Protestant vs. Mormon claims. I share that view. I can't imagine the book won't be quite successful.
Thoroughly enjoyed your book. After 30 years since I left the Church, it helped me come to a new realization about certain aspects of my experience. I must say, chapter 3 is brilliant, like these two powerful sentences that I emailed in a farewell message to a Canadian Jesuit today, quoting you, your book, and website:
"...I have come to believe that professed spirituality and spiritual authority are among the most common forms of arrogance. They masquerade as humility before God while serving the egos and agendas of their hosts.... "
Your book is an invaluable teaching tool for Mormons, prospective Mormons, and those of us who help Mormons or just want to understand the Mormon paradigm of life.
of a High Priest
Mormon Epistemology & Agenda Explained
"The Cherry on the Cake of books on Mormonism"
"Romney deconstructs Mormon epistemology, exposing the fraud of the religion, with its own scripture as evidence....
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....
Park Romney's analysis can be applied with interest to the dizzying political spin of Mitt Romney's candidacy for US. President...
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. "
The forgoing excerpts are from a book review by Kay Burningham, Author of An American Fraud, One Lawyer's Case against Mormonism
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