The Mormon Mirage
Q. How many Mormons does it take to fix a lightbulb?
A. Mormon lightbulbs aren’t fixed, they’re restored.
Don’t get it? By the time you’ve finished reading Latayne Scott’s reissued “The Mormon Mirage” you might. Zondervan have just put out a third edition of this classic text on mormonism from an evangelical christian perspective, updated for the twenty-first century. It contains chapters looking at LDS history, the Book of Mormon, LDS soteriology and concepts of revelation.
Revelation is the key of course to understanding what makes nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century mormonism tick. Bible not good enough for you? New revelation will fix that! Need to justify your extra wives? New revelation will fix that! Got a problem with a racist cosmology? New revelation will fix that as well! Scott explores the LDS mythology around the prophet Joseph Smith and like others before her, finds it lacking. She weaves personal stories of living as a mormon with historical facts and data that fly in the face of the offical line coming out of Salt Lake City.
Most important of all though, she describes her own personal moment of revelation, when discovering that she couldn’t please God after all (the reason she became a mormon) she finally met the true Jesus who saved her entirely through grace. This “Gentle Apostasy” of hers is the prayer that many of us have for our LDS friends and acquaintances, that they would also see the real Jesus of the Bible rather than the unreal Christ of the Book of Mormon.
Was the Church of Christ restored 200 years ago, or are LDS today the ones who need the scales lifting from their eyes? Latayane Scott would argue the latter and I think, after reading her book, you’ll probably agree.