This extraordinary work of investigative journalism takes readers inside America’s isolated Mormon Fundamentalist communities, where some In his bestselling books Into Thin Air and Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer explored the In the prologue to Under the Banner of Heaven, Krakauer asks of the brutal. Under the Banner of Heaven has ratings and reviews. Jon Krakauer’s literary reputation rests on insightful chronicles of lives conducted at the.

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And since they are, we cannot judge Ron to be insane, because that would be saying that all religious people are insane. Discover what to read next. Well, yes, I guess one look at Tom Cruise jumping up and down on Oprah’s couch suggests th You know, I probably shouldn’t have read this directly after finishing In Cold Blood.

Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

Further, it would have been udner if the author had set forth clearly his presuppositions at the very first, for presuppositions always determine conclusions. Well, for those of you that would like to look further into it, then this is the book for you! Polygamists were not lax in their relationships — they had very strict rules about how they conducted them. The exceptions are the rule by his standards. The moisture thd fresh ink from the originals to seep into the onion skin, creating mirror images of the letters.

These three story-lines are not broken down into sections but are interwoven throughout the book.

In what ways are all religious fundamentalists alike? Have Mormons been more often the perpetrators or the victims of violence?

Government in aka the Utah War. At any rate, it made us think and debate a lot, and it made bnaner angry. Men and women within a plural marriage family were expected to demonstrate loyalty and devotion to spouse and to observe the highest standards of fidelity and morality.

But I believe that those who truly have a testimony of the restoration of the gospel, the prophet Joseph Smith, and especially of the Lord Jesus Christ; these people would not sway from their beliefs. Krakauer, while shining light on the wrong the church and it’s split-offs have done, he also shows the wrong that’s been done to the church and the persecution it’s had to go unrer since it’s conception.


I do think there is a propensity for believers to fall lf extreme behavior. Still, Krakauer’s points are persuasive enough to give anyone pause about the Fundamentalist Mormon faith if not its still-strong ties to mainstream Mormonismwhich is why I give a book four stars that made me so uncomfortable while reading it. I can have a limited respect for a watered-down and spiritualist form of religion, but this kind of extremism is just insane.

As to the matter of dissent, Latter-day Saints are free to feel how they choose to feel about a given doctrine or practice. Don’t think Mitt Romney will let his religion influence his decision-making? Read it Forward Read it first. Perhaps more than any other state within the contiguous 48, Utah has a claim to being a country within a country.

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A modern apostle, Boyd K. First, in the Mormon faith, if you realize the highest echelon of Mormonism, you will get your own planet to run after you die. It was that moment that really brought the book together, I felt. Krakauer also describes how the fundamentalist Mormons view the U. Mov[es] deftly between past and present [and] provides a fascinating glimpse of the church today.

In speaking of those who continue the practice, President Hinckley said: Marrying prodigiously and with virtual impunity the leader of the largest fundamentalist church took seventy-five “plural wives,” several of whom were wed to him when they were fourteen or fifteen and he was in his eightiesfundamentalist prophets exercise absolute control over the lives of their followers, and preach that any day now the world will be swept clean in a hurricane of fire, sparing only their most obedient adherents.

While I agree with much Krakauer had to say, his message in hindsight feels almost like reverse-proselytizing, which is almost as discomfiting as entertaining the efforts of those men in white shirts, clip-on ties, and black pants trying to meet their two-conversions-per-annum quota here in the middle of the Baptist Bible Belt. I particularly found interesting the portion near the end of the book that excerpted portions of the trial transcript regarding the sanity of the defendant Ron Lafferty.

The Church of Latter Day Saints continues to do this to some degree today, and the fundamentalists especially, thriving on it.


My suggestion has always been that we as rank-and-file members abide by krakaauer rules and leave the exceptions to the called and ordained prophets. Krakauer also slips the following into a note: Nov 23, Lucy rated it it was ok Recommends it for: In addition they tended to conduct business and personal relations only with other Mormons. Federal troops dissuaded Young, but the conflict at the heart of the turmoil remained: Looking for More Great Reads? Members of The Church baner Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who have studied the tenets of their faith and the principles and doctrines associated therewith have come to know krakauwr The Saints have never been encouraged to be blindly obedient but have been instructed that it is an intelligent obedience that leads to strength among the membership.

It just may be that this is the heart and core of the whole matter heaevn the problem with the Laffertys, with Tom Green, with Ervil LeBaron, with Rulon Allred — these men never learned and incorporated the essential principles, the checks and balances, associated with the receipt of revelation.

Josepth Smith, the founder of the Mormons, was obviously a real hot wire.


We are experiencing technical difficulties. Government as Satan and believe that stealing from the government either in the form of educational grants for cities which they control or in the form of heavven for their numerous wives and children is their sacred duty. I think in the past years, the LDS church has been more forthcoming and open with their history and archives, thanks largely to the prophet Gordon B.

In Under The Banner of H A multilayered, bone-chilling narrative of messianic delusion, savage violence, polygamy, and unyielding faith.

Bloom’s prediction could have come true inwhen Mitt Romney ran for abnner, but I would say we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it, assuming human civilization lasts that long. Lrakauer, I felt indignant, confused, intrigued, and disgusted about all forms of faith. Otherwise you’d have to acknowledge that