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.
©2013 David Fitzgerald (P)2013 Dogma Debate, LLC
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.
Say something about yourself!
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:
- 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")
- Ervil LeBaron, not Evril LeBaron (to be charitable, he may have been reading a typo)
- Jon Krakauer (KRA-kow-er, not "cracker")
- 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.
Fitzgerald did an incredible amount of research for this. He puts it together well, he's as respectful and measured as he can be here. It is a great cultural history and examination. The only weak link is Smalley's narration. On his podcast he's effective and articulate. Reading a prepared work, he is at times stilted and clumsy. He outright pronounces a few words just plain wrong, and he continues to do so throughout the work. It can be a bit distracting.
well documented facts
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.
Joseph Smith, Jr.
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.
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!
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.
David did a great job with the material, and his enthusiasm was evident in the reading.
The great American Con job, "I can totally translate some reformed Egyptian."
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.
The author's research seems to be very good (I'm not an expert on Mormonism or research). The audio is poor volume/clarity, which I find common for this reader (who I respect for his activism and other talents). Compare his reading to Greta Christina's or the author of "what do you do with a chocolate Jesus, to see what I mean.
This is an excellent review of Mormonism. The style of writing keeps you interested. The section on how to talk to Mormons was the best part.
Alot of the names and places were pronounced wrong. I am from Utah and grew up in the culture so I got a little annoyed at things being said differently than my ear is used to.
Great info though. Well researched.
"A must read for any Mormon, or ex-Mormon"
This would have been 5-stars across the board except for Mr Smalley's mispronunciation of names and places, for example he pronounces Heber as "hehber" when it's actual pronunciation is "heeber". Many such examples throughout the reading. Any good news reader should do research into his subject ... I can't imagine BBC getting something like this wrong!
I was born into a jack-Mormon family but was encouraged to do Sunday School, Boy Scouts, Aaronic priesthood along with my friends. I fell out with the church in my early teens when my bishop couldn't explain why different religions could all claim that God was on their side but not the other. I then wandered between religions for many years, eventually to become an Atheist. Listening to this book has opened my eyes in so many ways and made me really quite angry about all the lies I was told as a youngster making me SOOO glad I have put religion behind me. I think all formal religions, regardless of the label attached (e.g. Mormon, Catholic, Baptist, Muslim, whatever), are divisive and dangerous. Humanism is the only way forward.
"Morons oops Mormons"
How can so many million educated people be taken completely in by this obviously bogus cult. "God" help America and the rest of us.
So much detail one listen is not enough!
Everything from start to finish!
The detailed account of modern day mormonism.
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