Author uses humor, scriptures in 'Bad Guys in the Book of Mormon'

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  • yarrlydarb Ogden, UT
    July 18, 2011 12:20 p.m.

    Not having read this book, of course, and not wanting to be overly critical, but to me writing particularly about "bad guys" seems like risky business.

    Whenever an author writes about "bad guys," whether in our day or in any other, it's hard not to romanticize them, making them appear like they're really worth sympathizing with, at least a little.

    I think of Mario Puzo's THE GODFATHER. Don Corleone and his family were indeed bad guys, but not as bad as the "real" bad guys. So, the natural reaction was to sympathize with him and his family.

    Book of Mormon bad guys were just as bad as all the bad guys in THE GODFATHER.

    Writing "about" these characters would obviously take the focus off the intent and purpose of the Book of Mormon.

    There's a psychological axiom that says, "What a person pays attention to, increases, whether the primary focus is on what's good or what's bad."

    It's admittedly premature to make judgments about the book before reading it, but the premise for it all, at best, seems questionable to me.

    If just to be humorous, I can guarantee, they'll come out sympathetic.

    Paying attention to evil, promotes it.