Sunday, April 27, 2008

FAIR response to anti-Mormons on the web

I've always struggled with the stunning quantity of anti-Mormon lies and distortions on the internet, and the extent to which those falsehoods reverberate around the net over and over. Those who have felt threatened by the church have often distorted, or outright made-up stories that are then subsequently incredibly difficult to prove false. How does one prove that something supposedly done in a dark corner didn't actually happen? especially when the author lived back in the 1800s?

I just discovered, however, that the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research (FAIR) has put up a wiki where most of those issues have a reasonably well documented response. This is in addition to my previous mention of Jeff Lindsay's useful, though occasionally tongue-in-cheek, website.

FAIR is not an official church group, nor is it sanctioned by the church. It is useful, however, for as Austin Farrer pointed out, "Though argument does not create conviction, the lack of it destroys belief. . . . What no one shows the ability to defend is quickly abandoned. Rational argument does not create belief, but it maintains a climate in which belief may flourish." (The Christian Apologist, p. 26.)

Standing opposite the critics doesn't require nearly as much blind faith as they would have you believe.

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