What the conservative chattering class is chattering about the last few days is Jacques Barzun and his book From Dawn to Decadence . So it was no surprise to see Steve Sailor quote the book’s lessons.
Here’s one lesson that piqued my Mormon interest.
The potent writings that helped to reshape minds and institutions in the West have done so through a formula or two, not always consistent with the text. Partisans and scholars start to read the book with care after it has done its work.
Are there any Mormon books or sermons that fit the bill?
I don’t have the scholar chops to say for certain, but what about the Book of Mormon? It certainly feels like a lot of what it had to say about Christ and even its historical and cultural clues got ignored until recently. If the contents of the Book of Mormon mattered at all, maybe they mattered mostly as soundbite: “Christ came to America! America is the Promised Land!”
On the other hand, maybe that Campbellite was right that the Book of Mormon was attractive because it solved so many doctrinal fights from infant baptism on down.
What do you think?