thread: 2007-01-04 : Self-identification vs. Membership

On 2007-01-06, Matt Kimball wrote:

Following Sydney’s suggestion of looking at Mormonism as if it were new, I do admire the populist streak in Smith’s early ideas.  If you set the wayback machine to the early days of the church, the idea that any random Joe can become a god places value in the common man that I can appreciate.  Further, the notion of forming a community with pooled property and finances seems downright hippie to me.  (I mean that as a compliment!)  Embracing alternative sexuality is an interesting experiment and ballsy, fourteen-year-old-brides and lies-about-polygamy notwithstanding.

Although, yes, Jules Verne indeed.

Hey Vincent, do you have any opinion of Reform Mormonism?  (


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