Ranking books to anger believers?

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Torlief Knaphus’s Angel Moroni sculpture stands on top of Cumorah Hill
(LDS Media Library)

I had a very, very long day and it was late and I was very tired. (I haven’t quite gotten over jet lag, for that matter.) So I thought I’d repost some of the stuff you might have missed from about five years ago:

In 2014, there was quite a stir with the results of a Facebook survey that asked people which books “have been with you”.

writers in salt lake city desert news Emphasizes that the Bible (ranked sixth) and the Book of Mormon (ranked thirty-fifth) both made the “Top Fifty” in the top 100 books produced by the survey. I admit I was pleasantly surprised.

Predictably, however, some Mormon critics crave any evidence, real or imagined, of its marginality and insignificance—a measure of their own devotion to the church, given the amount of time and attention they themselves devote to the church. Might be a rather ironic stance for them, day in and day out – hastily noticed the full 34 book rankings higher Than the Book of Mormon on that list.

But maybe we should check this list out a bit.

This is a very good book and worth reading. It’s fun, really. One can be worse than simply reading a hundred.

Rounding out the top 20 are JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and Harper Lee’s The Bible. to kill a robinJRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and Hobbit (listed separately) and Jane Austen’s pride and PrejudiceAside from Ms. Rowling’s books – which I haven’t read (I’m probably the only person in North America who hasn’t even seen a movie based on them) – I can personally say that I really, really like them.In fact, I’m an exceptionally enthusiastic person fan of which, and Have over the years. I understand why so many respondents said they had an impact on their lives and minds.

But I find it odd that someone would seriously conclude from these rankings that Harry Potter is better important than Genesis (or, even, than pride and Prejudice), or that to kill a robin This is a more important book than Luke or John.

Critics scoffed at the fact that, in this list, books such as Lois Lowry’s giverand Khalid Husseini’s a kite chaserand Stephen King’s bootheven, Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game beyond the Book of Mormon. (I can imagine Scott Card’s reaction to the news.)

Some of these books are currently popular. fashionable. Even recently on the screen. (an adaptation from giver It was being shown nationwide around that time. ) Will they, they will, will they last like Hemingway for decades? old man and sea (#71)?For a century, like Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina (#83)?For thousands of years, like Homer’s Odyssey (#89)?

who knows? Who can predict?

However, they beat Hemingway, Tolstoy and Homer. It should be noted that the same is true for the Book of Mormon.

Those who scoff at their belief that the Book of Mormon ranks relatively low should note that it beats not only Hemingway, Tolstoy, and Homer, but also John Steinbeck and Gabriel García Márquez, Herman Black. Important works by Nobel laureates such as Cy and Elie Wiesel, Alexander Dumas, Victor Hugo, Charles Dickens, Alice Walker, Grandson, Oscar Wilde, Dostoevsky and Mark Twain classics, as well as bestsellers by authors such as Dan Brown and Anne Rice.

If the ranking of the Book of Mormon shows it to be borderline and absurd and not worthy of serious attention, what is it? Those ones books?

What other great classics didn’t make the list at all, like Milton’s Paradise LostDante HellfireChaucer The Canterbury Fables (StoryDarwin Origin of SpeciesAugustine ConfessionGoethe Faustand Shakespeare’s King Learor, for that matter, any work by Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, or Kant?

Does their failure to make the cut in this special investigation prove their insignificance and stupidity?

In my experience with them, many of these critics are secularists—either atheists or agnostics. So, one might ask which of the works on this list are Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett and Victor Stanger. Or, even the Bertrand Russell ones?

If the Book of Mormon is ridiculed for being only thirty-fifth, shouldn’t those authors be fired for not even being in the top 100?

In fact, the list, while interesting, doesn’t have much cosmic significance in itself. It does not prove that the Book of Mormon is true, but it also does not prove that the Book of Mormon is absurd, stupid, and marginal. If anything, this list is pretty good company. What other books, first published in America in 1830, are still read today? What other book was first published in the United States around 1830 and ranked? In fact, there are relatively few books on the list, dated before 1900, and even fewer first published in the United States.

But if this list is anything to go by, it might be this: The Book of Mormon is still widely read nearly two centuries later—and the vast majority of books don’t live that long—which is remarkable in itself. It continues to be considered meaningful by enough contemporaries to rank fairly high among the relatively few books they call “with them.” This is a true empirical testimonial of true power in a book, broad-based.

By the way, if such a survey had been conducted around AD 200, how would the New Testament rank in contemporary books?

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Still, here are some real reasons to complain and get angry.It should be obvious that it comes directly from Christopher Hitchens Memorial Archives “How Religion Poisons Everything”©:

“Church donates state-of-the-art medical oxygen plant in Paraguay: the facility is the most modern in the country’s public health system”

Shouldn’t there be a law against this crime?

From Matten, Interlaken, Switzerland


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