Mormon Media Observer: Latter-day Saints and Sherlock Holmes

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  • Midvaliean MIDVALE, UT
    Dec. 20, 2011 7:24 p.m.

    Read it for yourself... it is not very long and can be finished in 2 sit downs.

  • Larry Lawton Wan Chai, Hong Kong
    Dec. 20, 2011 1:54 a.m.

    I've always enjoyed Doyle's works -- but am grateful that modern fiction is usually supported by some research into the subject matter. In Doyle's time, "It is a work of fiction" seemed excuse enough. One hopes that is no longer so, but silliness is still published as "research" about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It finds a willing audience among the gullible and uninformed. Journalists seeking to "cash in" on the "Mormon moment" usually have several handicaps. First, they usually are not religious themselves, and do not understand those that are. Second, they are sure nothing important happens in "flyover country." Third, it√Ęs become common practice to substitute the easy interview for the real work of background research. Fortunately, informed LDS readers usually correct the real howlers in online comments. Unfortunately, few read them, and fewer believe them.

  • coltakashi Richland, WA
    Dec. 19, 2011 2:30 p.m.

    If Doyle and other authors had created a fictional religious sect and not tried to hang their fictions on the Mormons, they could have written all the lurid details they desired. When writers of fiction sell their stories by appealing to curiosity about the lives of REAL people, they owe it to both the readers and the people they are writing about to be accurate. Just imagine someone writing a novel based on the horrendous lies about Jews that were promoted by the Nazis and are even today promoted by some Arabs. It would be like writing a fictional story about Barack Obama as a secret Muslim.

  • Joan Watson TWIN FALLS, ID
    Dec. 19, 2011 10:05 a.m.

    My goodness, Doyle was mainly a writer of fiction. For one who was an ardent fan of his books, 'A Study in Scarlet' was a tale very much enjoyed - because it was a most entertaining and well written work of fiction. On the other hand, self proclaimed, generaly reknown, and accepted biographical history authors claiming to report accurate/truthful history of persons, places, and things, are, in my view, much more suspect, damaging and misleading.

  • m.g. scott LAYTON, UT
    Dec. 19, 2011 7:48 a.m.

    This story of search for truth thru fact by Mr. Doyle reminds me of the current search going on at the highest levels of academia in the areas of quantum physics. Not long ago there was comfort with the "big bang", and the atomic nucleus being the smallest thing, explaining it all. Now with such things as "string theory" scientists have discovered that the numbers postulate up to 11 demensions and more that one universe. And many will admit that they get to the point of bordering on philosophy when pure science reaches it's current limit. It seems to be a case of the more you learn, the less you know. Interesting.

  • JoeBlow Miami Area, Fl
    Dec. 19, 2011 6:52 a.m.

    "all made part of their living by writing about and, often, by distorting the beliefs of the Latter-day Saints"

    You make it sound as though this was a large body of these writers works.

    Twain may have managed to succeed even without any knowledge of the LDS.