Robert Bridgstock on The Mormon Delusion

Comments on ‘The Mormon Delusion’ series from Robert Bridgstock, author of ‘The Youngest Bishop in England.’

I am seriously impressed by his 1st Volume: ‘The Truth behind Polygamy and Secret Polyandry.’  Jim is a stickler for detail and a bit of a perfectionist – he wants to get things right and this volume does just that. Packed with detailed information – much of which I never knew before; it is painstakingly laid out, covering the entire early history of polygamy and polyandry – right up to, and past the Manifesto era. I highly recommend it as a serious study of polygamous Mormon history.

Apart from what I once believed to be scripture; I have been influenced by a number of books in my life – regretfully, not the great classic philosophers, but still… men like CS Lewis, the scientist and Christian – Henry Drummond, the Lutheran minister – Richard Wurmbrand, the priest – Richard Rohr, Father Daniel O’Leary, Eckhart Tolle, M Scott Peck, the contemplative – Thomas Merton and the Celtic Poet John O’Donohue. All these and many others, have helped shape my views about the meaning of life and God, because these authors–like me–have believed in some form of divine cause and purposeful existence… but then, I read all 5 volumes of Jim Whitefield’s ‘The Mormon Delusion’ and found myself reassessing and re-evaluating ‘what’ and ‘who’ this God is – especially the God of Mormonism. I appreciate, that within the soul of each LDS member, God may vary widely, therefore, I qualify my meaning by saying that the ‘institutional God’ revealed through countless LDS scripture, manuals and sermons is greatly in question and convincingly challenged by Jim Whitefield. I think his first 3 volumes are just packed with well resourced historical information and I defy the average LDS member who needs to seriously review Mormonism, not to be shocked to the core – should they read with ‘a sincere heart – with real intent.’

When I then glanced at the contents of his last 2 volumes (Vol. 4 The Mormon Missionary lessons and Vol. 5 The Doctrine and Covenants) I thought they would be boring! I thought: ‘Why should I want to read about the Missionary Discussions?‘ And, ‘Reading about the Doctrine and Covenants will also be tedious?’ But I did, and was amazed. If I had to read again any of his books, it would be those last two. Jim brings some very interesting angles and background information on the lunacy of basic Church teachings that we old LDS members once thought were so true. I particularly found his challenges and the scolding of Smith’s absurd god (with a small ‘g’) to be profound as well as hilarious. Seeing through Jim’s eyes, I discovered that the god of the Doctrine and Covenants (Smith invented Revelations) was petty, vengeful, nasty, petulant, arrogant, small minded, deceptive, violent, inconsistent and wholly unreliable… and far from convincing.

Jim repeats himself quite a bit, but the thing is – he is aware of it and tells you the page where he last dealt with the subject properly and then proceeds to give a slightly new angle to the same subject. I personally like repetition; it helps to reinforce things I so easily forgot I had read.

Jim calls himself a ‘Bright.’ A term describing a form of atheism where the naturalistic world view is accepted and the supernatural and mystical, dismissed. What I noticed about all of Jim’s writings through all the volumes, is that he is much restrained with his atheism, which makes me think he holds a very tolerant respect for different beliefs. In only one or two pages in only ‘one’ of his later volumes, does Jim go off in a rant about God or religion and in my opinion, a very justified rant anyway! He calls into question–as I have previously mentioned–the ‘nasty’ ‘vindictive’ attitude of the god that supposedly spoke through Smith… on page 445 of Volume 4, he describes in frustration about the god that never seems to stop blaming and threatening his own people as well as constantly labelling the entire human race as ‘evil’…. “Why can’t the Mormon God, just for once, be NICE – ever?”  (My bold emphasis)

Although I have penned my own book on the subject (The Youngest Bishop in England), I would seriously prefer a doubting and serious searcher of truth to read Jim’s volumes before mine as they contain more information and evidence of the hoax.

The author’s grasp and knowledge of science, physics, geology, archaeology and biology, is evident throughout his writings. His journey has been a hard and cruel discovery of facts and like many honest and utterly devout souls who can no longer live a lie, has incurred alienation from his family with suffering and rejection. His books stand as a supreme achievement and offer a light and warning to the world of the real history and face of Mormonism. For me personally, they stand as a major resource and comprehensive evidence to the great Mormon deception; every important issue is there and written with painstaking meticulous care and correctness.

Robert Bridgstock. November 2014.

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Praise for The Mormon Delusion

A selection of a few of the unsolicited comments on file received from people around the world concerning The Mormon Delusion, TMD articles, and 2010 Exmormon Foundation Conference live presentation.

I again commend Jim Whitefield’s books. …put off buying a number of lesser volumes …  For my money, they are on a par … with Mormonism – Shadow or Reality. The Tanners’ topics are more numerous; Jim Whitefield’s, much more detailed. (A).

He does do his homework very, very thoroughly and presents the data as a detached impartial historian would be expected to do… (T).

I would like to thank you for your books … I appreciate your integrity and I do believe your books will make a difference. (MD).

…the style and pace was excellent. I found it content rich and very well written. (BB).

I… can’t tell you how much I appreciate the great work that you are doing… (MA).

You thoroughly covered a lot of material. I don’t see how anyone could still believe after reading your 3 books where you call a spade a spade… (DO).

I used a link on RfM to get to your site, hadn’t been to it before and found it intelligent and enlightening. (DA).

…thank you so much for letting people know the truth about Mormonism. (NH).

I saw your lecture. The documented timeline of Joseph’s monotheism evolving into polytheism was positively breathtaking. Very solid work. (CZ).

I purchased your three books and can never thank you enough for taking the time to write them. I do not think I can explain in words what you have done for me in helping me piece together the truth. (C).

I am so amazed by your courage and the depth and amount of research that you have done. (AE).

I hope you help the many who will come seeking with open hearts and curious minds. (TM).

Thank you for the awesome presentation. Now my testimony of Joseph’s Myth is buried 12′ in the earth, instead of only 6′. (K).

I loved your presentation. …Thank you for your insightful research and ability to synthesize all this for the rest of us. (Du).

What a pleasure it was to meet you and hear your amazing presentation. (E).

The presentation was awesome and you are fun to listen to. (NR).

…within the first minute of your presentation, I knew it was going to be good and I was so very excited for all of us who would be listening to you speak, and for you who had come all that way to deliver such a riveting presentation. (S).

I enjoyed your presentation! … Thank you so much! I thought about it for days and days. I thought, “No wonder I was always so confused in Mormonism!” (F).

I want to thank you for your work to expose the truths of the LDS faith. (RG).

…very well researched and well presented. (DM).

My biggest regret is that I can’t meet you in person to express my thanks for what you are doing. (CN).

Thanks — love your work! (TC).

I am not at all surprised that people have been picking up on the fruits of your massive achievement.  Everything good that has happened has been thoroughly well-deserved and I congratulate you most heartily for it. (DP).

The data Jim revealed checked out 100%. (VM).

I found your “testimony” on Exmormon Scholars Testify and wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading it… (BF).

Your books are very well researched and thought out. I want to thank you for your efforts and time. (GJ).

I can never repay the debt I owe you; your work is saving my family. (PG).

Please accept my heart-felt thanks for these incredible sources of valuable information. They are a treasure of information… Your irrefutable logic, laying out plainly and simply, the lies and contradictions of J.S. and those who followed – even to today, is unmatched in any other work I’ve read on this topic. (DJ).