Faith, Cognitive Dissonance, and the Psychology of Religious Experience


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Wendy Ulrich’s 2005 FAIR conference address
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  1. Ulrich's Mormon Liberal thinking is clear. She says, "Maybe the presenters at this conference will address some of the specific issues on which rational people may differ in regards to the LDS church which claims authority to act in God's name. Both thoughtful and questionably intentioned individuals may have differing views of Church history, scripture, policy, leaders, and claims. In exploring these questions, I find it questionable to assume that God can only be known by what He reveals himself to us and not by man's reason alone. I also think is reasonable that God would be reasonable, and that it is reasonable for us to try to use reason to understand him in the absence of complete revelation." She then insists that, "The questions about the ethics of polygamy, the science of DNA evidence for the Book of Mormon, the meaning of race or the history of a Church policy are appropriately approached by reason when revelation is silent."

    Ulrich's ignorance in these statements is typical of Mormon Liberal culture. She has no concept of faith in the absence of answers. Her sole fallback is reason, that is, her thinking. She also has no understanding of the simple scriptural concept of "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts," (Isaiah 55:8-9.). She feels entitled to know. If not, then God is not "reasonable." Quintessential Mormon Liberal "Progressive" attitude.  
    I don't know why Fair Mormon allows Mormon Liberal philosophy to be blathered at its conferences. It has nothing to do with apologetics. They pollute their mission when they invite detractions like this. This talk does not belong in a Fair Mormon forum, but rather at a Sunstone symposium — where the libs and their apostate friends will receive it with applause.

  2. Why waste so much time about not talking about the psychology of religion???? And stop crying and being emotion, and start talking scientificly about religion.. Damn the emotional shit talk.

  3. While I'm not Mormon, I am inspired by the speaker's self-knowledge, spiritual depth and intellectual honesty

  4. it's amazing how one can analyze a phenomenon with high perspicuity and yet allow this very perspicuity to serve as an epistemic obstacle…cognitive dissonance at its best…it made me both wistful and sad…