Monday, July 29, 2013

Bifurcation is beautiful

To the Editor:

Re “Some Mormons Search the Web and Find Doubt” (front page, July 21):

It will be interesting to see how the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints deal with the apparent coming to light of facts to cast doubt on the validity of its founding narrative.

Might I suggest that they use the tactic used by many modern Jews dealing with biblical narratives that defy credulity, from a six-day story of creation to Jonah living inside a large fish. We distinguish between left-brain narratives (meant to convey factual truth) and right-brain narratives (meant to make a point through a story; the message will be true even if the story isn’t factually defensible).

Natick, Mass., July 23, 2013

HT: @Efink

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