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The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion, Book 1: The Mormons | [David Fitzgerald]

The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion, Book 1: The Mormons

In this first book of The Complete Heretic's Guide to World Religion series, historian and award-winning atheist author Dave Fitzgerald takes us behind the Salt Lake curtain for a glimpse at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and answers your questions: Where did this multi-billion dollar tax-exempt corporation come from? Did Joseph Smith really sleep with all those women? Are the Mormons going to take over the whole world, and if so, is there any way to stop them? But that's not all!
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The next time that squeaky clean pair of LDS elders comes knocking on your door, they're in for a surprise! Find out the secrets the Mormon Church would rather you didn't know (and for which they paid plenty of money to keep hushed up unsuccessfully!)

In this first book of The Complete Heretic's Guide to World Religion series, historian and award-winning atheist author Dave Fitzgerald takes us behind the Salt Lake curtain for a glimpse at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and answers your questions: Where did this multi-billion dollar tax-exempt corporation come from? Did Joseph Smith really sleep with all those women? Are the Mormons going to take over the whole world, and if so, is there any way to stop them?

But that's not all! Learn about the bizarre, oxymoronic world of Mormon archeology and discover their strange beliefs - not just all the crazy stuff you already know, but all the truly twisted things you never even suspected - including the astounding shocking skeletons rattling around in the closet of the Mormon church hierarchy.

Don't miss out on this fun, informative and painstakingly researched historical romp by the highly praised and award-winning author of Nailed: Ten Christian Myths that Show Jesus Never Existed at All. So when the missionaries show up on your doorstep, you'll have plenty to discuss with them.... Later days, Saints!

The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion. Because religion isn't just wrong. It's hilarious.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2013 David Fitzgerald (P)2013 Dogma Debate, LLC

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    Bob Killian chicago 05-22-14
    Bob Killian chicago 05-22-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Hilarious and disturbing history."

    The author has an ax to grind, and he sharpens his ax beautifully. It's funny and well documented, full of illuminating history from the goofy and occasionally violent days of the Mormons.

    A less than stellar reading, though. Although the narrator is a likable radio host, he offers many cringe-worthy mispronunciations that detract from the flow. ("Ec cetera" is particularly jarring, as it occurs in the text frequently. If that sort of thing doesn't bother you, then buy the book.) I had to decode "cholera" when it was pronounced ko-LER-uh. I lost half a paragraph figuring that out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara C. French Rochester, NY United States 08-06-13
    Barbara C. French Rochester, NY United States 08-06-13 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Amusing treatment, but narration problems"

    The subject matter of the book is good; I didn't learn anything new, but the presentation was very amusingly written. For those not familiar with Mormonism from the outside, it's a good overview, if perhaps a little cheeky.

    However, the narrator's constant and consistent mispronunciations often threw me out of the narrative. If you are going to do a book about Mormonism, at least learn to pronounce some of the place names, personal names, and words correctly. Just a few examples:

    Mormon specific:
    - Palmyra (pal-MY-rah, not pal-MEE-rah -- I live about 30 minutes away from it)
    - Deseret (DEZ-er-et, not DESS-er-et - like "desert")

    Names:
    - Ervil LeBaron, not Evril LeBaron (to be charitable, he may have been reading a typo)
    - Jon Krakauer (KRA-kow-er, not "cracker")

    Normal words:
    - Sheepishly, not sheeplishly
    - Prodigal (PRAH-dih-gul) son, not prodigial (prah-DIHJ-ee-al) son

    There are many, many other examples, but this shows a certain lack of direction and editing, as well as some ignorance by the narrator.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Worthington 05-22-14 Member Since 2010
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    "The lunatic movement that gave rise to Scientology"
    What made the experience of listening to The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

    well documented facts


    What did you like best about this story?

    that it is true, and that it reveals so much about the ethical and character failings of our forefathers. Also, that it is an obvious template for L Ron Hubbard's lunatic Scientology narrative of Xenu and his other crazy stories, that constitute Scientology's so-called theology, and also the CoS business model of 'tithing', by cash or slavery.


    Which character – as performed by David Smalley – was your favorite?

    Joseph Smith, Jr.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It is disturbing that a lecherous, thieving liar like Joseph Smith, Jr., was able to attract any following at all. As to whether this is a Christian religion - read his own words that there is no one God - Mormonism is a polytheistic religion! A total rejection of the Abrahamic tradition.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    skepticalDustin @skepticalDustin 11-09-13
    skepticalDustin @skepticalDustin 11-09-13 Member Since 2013

    When commuting to and from work about 2 hours daily, and while doing the more basic functions of my job, a good audiobook provides the pace.

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    "One listen may not be enough..."
    Which character – as performed by David Smalley – was your favorite?

    David did a great job with the material, and his enthusiasm was evident in the reading.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The great American Con job, "I can totally translate some reformed Egyptian."


    Any additional comments?

    If you ever wondered about the Mormons, the habits and origins, this book has you covered. Their is so much information here, I suggest multiple listens.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    bookouri Commerce, GA, United States 07-22-13
    bookouri Commerce, GA, United States 07-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Cant wait for the next of the author's books"
    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Fitzgerald needs to read his own books! I always prefer to have the author read their own work, and when you have a speaker as good as David Fitzgerald it's a letdown not to hear it from his own voice.

    Anyone not already familiar with Mr. Fitzgerald needs to look him up and hear him speak!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Nedreberg Eureka, Utah 12-03-13
    Thomas Nedreberg Eureka, Utah 12-03-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Words mispronounced cast doubt on expertise"
    What would have made The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion, Book 1 better?

    Two things threw me off on this book narration. One, it wasn't just a few words being mispronounced it was many words. Everything from place names to personal names to chapters in the Book of Mormon. The author gave suggestions on how to talk to your Mormon friends but if you pronounced things like he did, you'd lose all respectability in your discussion. Second, the discussion on polygamy was good up to the second manifesto but after that the majority of the chapter was spent on splinter groups who are no longer a part of the Mormon Church. Again, if you are going to talk to your Mormon friends about polygamy there is plenty of problems to talk about within the church and time frame when it was part of the church but including anything after that and saying it's part of the church will not get you anywhere in your discussion.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm listening to 50 Myths Proven Wrong.


    What didn’t you like about David Smalley’s performance?

    He couldn't or didn't pronounce correctly "So Many" words from the Mormon culture that his message was lost.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion, Book 1?

    I would have corrected the pronunciation of words throughout the text to make it lest distracting to Mormon readers and more helpful to those wanting to learn about Mormons and talk with their Mormon friends.


    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    "Excellent"
    Would you listen to The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion, Book One: The Mormons again? Why?

    So much detail one listen is not enough!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything from start to finish!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The detailed account of modern day mormonism.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


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