I’m getting increasingly concerned that the LDS Church is backing off its belief in eternal progression and the ultimate endgame of post-mortal existence. The following critique of The Book of Mormon musical by Hal Boyd is a case in point (it appeared on the Deseret News website on June 12, 2011):
In another song titled “I Believe,” the character Elder Price repeatedly sings the refrain “I am a Mormon and a Mormon just believes.” The refrain is interspersed with lines like “(God’s) plan involves me getting my own planet.” This statement, like many in the song, represents an out-of-context fragment of doctrine that, on its own, is inaccurate.
While this may seem like a minor point, for me, this statement is a continuation of the LDS Church’s over-reaction to the Evangelical’s video The Godmakers.
Why do we continue to let others determine our agenda? Joseph Smith’s, Brigham Young’s, and John A. Widstoe’s beliefs about the hereafter are unique and should be prized. And not chucked overboard because we want to curry favor with Christian fundamentalists.
Much of Mormon doctrine was co-opted by the Joseph-Fielding-Smith wing of the Church. While attempts to lessen their hold on doctrine have been initiated, the purging is occurring at a snail’s pace.
The concept of man-becoming-god (or being creators) is not something that the LDS Church should be embarassed about. When you look at the idea of eternity, does anything else make sense? I really don’t want to spend forever singing full time in the Tabernacle Choir.
The title of Boyd’s article is: “Is TBofM accurate satire?” “Accurate satire?” Isn’t that an oxymoron? Does Boyd believe in Lilliputians?