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Subject:  Re: Mormon church exodus Date:  7/31/2012  12:14 PM
Author:  salaryguru Number:  44352 of 116447

But on the wackiness level, how does that compare to Moses parting the Red Sea, or Jesus feeding the masses and walking on water?

There's no doubt that the stories of all religions are pretty equally lame. But one difference between say Christianity or Islam vs Mormonism or Scientology is that the Bible and Koran were not written until long after the characters described in it had died. The stories are hearsay and we don't really know how much of a con man the main characters were vs how much the later writers of the story were responsible for the nonsense. In the case of Joseph Smith and L. Ron Hubbard, we know that these charlatans really were con men who actually wrote that crap.

People can rationalize walking on water or the night flight by saying that the stories were written a long time ago and were meant to communicate ideas rather than to be interpreted literally. (Of course some people insist on literal interpretation anyway). But you really can't fall back on that argument for Joseph Smith or L. Ron Hubbard. Those guys were recent enough that their cons are well documented.
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