The actual number of Anti-Mormon organisations is difficult to quantify because new ones spring up all the time, while the traditional ones continueto operate. The term ‘Anti-Mormon’ is applied only to those groups thatconsistently attack Mormonism and Mormons on the broad generalisationthat Mormonism is a false religion and must be countered with all possibleresources including the generation of falsehoods that contravene the ninthcommandment,
“The shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.”
[Exodus 20:16].This charge is rejected as a matter of course by severe critics that explainthat they only use material from Latter-day Saint publications, scriptures,and Journals. In such cases, it is evident that while they use these sources asreferents, they fail to understand what they read and re-interpret the writtenword in ways that do not represent normative, experienced Mormonism fromthe insider’s perspective. Their conclusions are, therefore, divorced from thereality that Latter-day Saints encounter from the same sources.The predicament faced by Anti-Mormons is that there is no single schoolof thought among them that is shared by all, but many schools of thoughtthat have become fragmented to such a degree that few if any Anti-Mormongroups will agree with each other as to the origin or Mormonism, or, asLatter-day Saints hold it to be, ‘The Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.’There is no general agreement as to Mormon theology, MormonChristology, Mormon ontology, the branch of metaphysics dealing with thenature of being; Mormon epistemology, the nature of knowledge, its presuppositions and foundations, and its extent and validity; eschatology;Mormon doctrines concerning the end times of the earth’s existence as ahabitation for humanity, or final, matters, the nature of death, Judgement, thefuture state, resurrection, salvation; and so forth.This in brief is the situation in which Anti-Mormons flounder likedrowning men each by his flailing preventing others to board the life raftthat bobs about on the choppy waters of their self-imposed shipwreck. It isanticipated that this short work will illuminate the major quandaries inwhich these hapless mariners find themselves in danger of drowning in thechurning waters of the Sea of Confusion that they have made their homes.