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The Apostasy of a High Priest- The Sociology of An American Cult Paperback – October 9, 2012
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Mormons are deeply offended when their religious organization is referred to as a "Cult." The most commonly heard rebuttal to the accusation is "If Mormonism is a cult then all religions are cults." Park Romney does a superb job of showing why Mormonism deserves the appellation of "Cult" with all of its negative connotations. The information in the book is timely and relevant given the political atmosphere and the "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" attempts to influence the political process.
I agree with Kay Burningham that the information in this book can be applied to not just Mormonism but many religious and secular organizations which use techniques of mind control to influence people. It is a fascinating read and well worth taking the time to read thoroughly.
Park Romney made the difficult journey up through the Mormon culture and emerged as a whole human being, even though his personal life was trashed by the process. This book is a ruthlessly first person account that will explain why Mormons are so immune to reason. It has penetrating insight into the way religions in general program minds using his own experience as a primary source.
Romney's experience within the Mormon Church was typical of an upwardly mobile young man with a bright future in the Mormon flock ... up to a point. Romney started to ask questions about the fundamental foundation of doctrine that the Mormon church is based on. At this point, readers who simply don't care about Mormon doctrine and practices may not be too interested. But for anyone curious enough to pick up the book in the first place, it's a detailed and fascinating view of an insider into the inner workings of the Church. More to the point, it's also a damning analysis of how a foundation based only on "faith" fails when subjected to critical questioning.
My sainted old dad used to say, "Faith is believing something that you know damn well ain't so."
But, as good as this book is in revealing Mormonism from the inside out, Park Romney isn't a writer!Read more ›
Mormonism points to the good that it does and the strong family ties, but they overlook the evil that it fosters and the broken families. This is a form of positive bias. Romney points this out and acknowledges that he is now considered evil and a pariah in his own family. What was his crime? He dared to think critically and question authority.
I have personally followed a similar path and experience that he has and found that his critique to be well thought out. I've often been puzzled why so many intelligent people find it hard to awaken from the coma that is Mormonism. He explains the method of mind control and the need to "feel good" and avoid disharmony. If you decide to wake up and experience reality without the programing, you should read this book.
When one awakens and leaves the Cult, there is a remorse that you may have influenced others and a need to make things right. I suspect this book is partially motivated by this. If I can offer any insight, it would be there is no need to apologize for being asleep. Don't waste any time weeping for your past deeds. Simply, wake up. That is enough.
Some other books that are relevant and assisted me to awaken to more conscious living (other may find worth reading):
"The unaware life is a mechanical life. It's not human, it's programmed, conditioned. We might as well be a stone, a block of wood.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very interesting and revealing read. I learned a lot about the Latter Day Saints. It is quite scary to think they author's brother, Mitt Romney, could have been president of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Diana
This book has good content, but is quite painful to get through. If you've ever waded in water up to your knees and tried to walk in it from Point A to Point B, you'll have a good... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Azreviewer
A good book with many good points, although I did not find it to ba a particularly easy read.Published 7 months ago by Paul G. Frederick
I know of which you speak. I was"there", as female a convert, for 40+years serving and paying to be a "worthy" card carrying member. Read morePublished 13 months ago by My Journey
I liked the personal experiences while in the Bishopric. One thing I experienced was not mentioned, which is the deliberate lack of information given to members before entering the... Read morePublished 14 months ago by liveinmountains
The complexity of his sentence structure is a turn off. He should try to write clear and concise sentences with one subject and one verb. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Laura J Richardson
Excellent if disturbing read. As a former member of this cult I was alternating between rage and disgust while reading this.Published 16 months ago by D. Coffing
Well written, logical, objective.
Thanks Mr. Romney for some great insight. I know it must have been difficult in the beginning, but I see through your story that knowledge,... Read more