Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Hardly Believing Two Billion

The Economist blithely equates the claims of Mormonism (14 million adherents) with those of orthodox Christianity (two billion):

Like most religions, Mormonism has other issues that invite derision, such as its history of polygamy and institutional racism. But its greatest vulnerability may simply be that it is relatively young, so has not yet become established in America's religious pantheon, and that it came of being at a time when good records were kept, which means we are better able to scrutinize its origins. Nevertheless, the divinely-inspired events of two centuries ago are hardly less believable (or unbelievable) than those that preceded them by some two millennia.

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