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Mormon Critics and Criticism: A perception of extreme ideology and how Latter-day Saint Christians handle critics and criticism

Mormon Critics and Criticism: A perception of extreme ideology and how Latter-day Saint Christians handle critics and criticism

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This essay is written to understand the polarization and extreme ideology Protestant and evangelical Christians engage. This polarization and extreme ideology centers on the idea of self-reinforced and fortified “information cocoon’s” that members of the Counter-cult movement have built up. As Latter-day Saints, when we engage and respond to the criticism about our faith, we must understand and recognize this extreme ideology. This includes recognizing our own information cocoon and how we can break free from it.
This essay is written to understand the polarization and extreme ideology Protestant and evangelical Christians engage. This polarization and extreme ideology centers on the idea of self-reinforced and fortified “information cocoon’s” that members of the Counter-cult movement have built up. As Latter-day Saints, when we engage and respond to the criticism about our faith, we must understand and recognize this extreme ideology. This includes recognizing our own information cocoon and how we can break free from it.

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M
ORMON CRITICS AND CRITICISM
 
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PERCEPTION OF EXTREME IDEOLOGY AND HOW 
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HRISTIANS ENGAGE CRITICISM 
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Mormon critics and criticism: A perception of extreme ideology
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Mormon Apologetic Research Studies Berman | 2012
A Mormon Apologetic Research Studies EssayBy Timothy R. Berman
Mormon critics and criticism: A perceptionof extreme ideology and how Latter-daySaint Christians handle criticism
Published September 10, 2012
This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visithttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ or send a letter to CreativeCommons, 444 Castro Street, Suite 900, Mountain View, California, 94041, USA.
 
 
Mormon critics and criticism: A perception of extreme ideology
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Mormon Apologetic Research Studies Berman | 2012
Mormon critics and criticism: A perception of extreme ideologyand how Latter-day Saint Christians engage critics
Information cocoon is what Cass R Sunstein, the Felix Frankfurter professor of law at HarvardUniversity, wrote in his column on Bloomberg View
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. This same article also appeared in theSunday edition of the Everett Herald, bearing the title:
How disagreeing can bring us together
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.Geared more toward political extremist viewpoints on the Conservative and Liberal side of politics, there are some gems of truth that can apply other arenas of thought and communication.This includes religious viewpoints where individuals can carry extreme ideology andperceptions. More specifically, these concepts are applicable to those who are critics of TheChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the particular criticisms that they perpetuate
ad nauseam
.
What is extreme ideology and how does it relate to the Counter-cult movement?
 The definition that is particular to this is the idea of one who goes to
great or exaggerated lengths
where there is the
body of ideas reflecting the social needs and aspirations of anindividual, group class, or culture
and
a set of doctrines or beliefs that form the basis of a political, economic, or other system
. It is the coupling of 
 Extreme
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and
 Ideology
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into a marryingthought of 
exaggerated lengths of ideas that reflect particular social needs and aspirations of a particular individual and/or group and culture based upon their particular set of doctrines or beliefs that have formed the systematic thought of said individual or group.
Because of thisdefinition, all groups and individuals are susceptible to such extreme ideology
 – 
including Latter-day Saint Christians. However, for the premise and purpose of this essay, the focus is on themore specific group and culture that comprise the
Counter-cult
 
 Movement
.This particular movement is defined best by the website, Religious Tolerance
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:The counter-
cult movement … is composed primarily of conservative Protestant
Christian individuals, agencies, and para-church groups who attempt to raisepublic concern about religious groups which they feel hold dangerous, non-traditional beliefs. Those in the CCM are sometimes called heresy hunters orheresiologists.
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 The website continues with the overview:The CCM movement is strongly motivated by a concern for the spiritual welfareor people in the groups that they label as cults, aberrant sects, heretical religions,etc. Those in the CCM believe that any group that presents itself as a Christian

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