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The Apostasy of a High Priest- The Sociology of An American Cult Paperback – April 22, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 138 pages
  • Publisher: Infinity Publishing (April 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074146294X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0741462947
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #926,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Park B. Romney, born in Spokane, Washington, in 1956 was ordained as High Priest in the Mormon Melchizedek priesthood in 1982. He served in two successive Mormon Bishoprics as Counselor, and as a member of a Stake Mission Presidency. He asked to have his name removed from the records of the Church in 2004, having concluded that he could no longer support the claims of the Churchs divine authority. He is the son of the former marriage of Milton C. Romney and Evelyn Brannock Romney. Milton C. Romney is the great grandson of Miles Park Romney, the Mormon polygamist who gained notoriety as a result of the Mitt Romney campaign for the presidency in 2008. Miles Park Romney was the son of Miles Romney who immigrated to Nauvoo, Illinois from Lancashire, England to join Joseph Smiths community of Mormons as a result of the missionary efforts of Orson Hyde, an early Mormon apostle. Both Miles Romney and Miles Park Romney are celebrated for their prominent roles in the construction of Mormon temples. Park Romney is seen here standing next to the gravestone of Miles Romney in St. George, which is a historical landmark.

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Park B. Romney is a 2nd cousin to presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, and a former High Priest of the Church or Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is the author of The Apostasy of a High Priest: the Sociology of an American Cult, characterized by one reader as "...perhaps, one of the most significant and incisive discussions of the epistemology of the Mormon Church, which is the philosophical corruption that makes the working fraud of Mormonism possible." The significance of Park B. Romney's book cuts to the core of what makes "Mormon think" what it is, by exposing the doctrinal roots and cultural impact of its epistemological roots.

From reader's comments:

"The epistemology of Mormonism is its most profoundly relevant device in accomplishing the psychological repression that is essential for its survival. Park Romney not only exposes this device, but painstakingly documents its doctrinal roots in Mormon scripture and then walks the reader through the intricate application of the philosophical and psychological and sociological mechanics of this device throughout the Mormon missionary process and subsequent cultural experience.

Mr. Romney's book is a brilliant expose of what is absolutely most relevant to the cult of Mormonism. It surpasses anything else I've read on the subject in its brief and succinct 10 chapters. I highly recommend this book.... before you read anything else on the subject. Many will find anything else on the subject, after this, to be superfluous detail to the more salient discussion that this book contains."

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The book is very well written.
Felix E. Jensen
It was interesting to me to read the words of someone who so desperately needed to get approval from those around him for his own sense of personal worth.
Mormonism is a subculture that raises an teaches its citizenry to believe that they belong to the one and only true church.
Michael Oborn

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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Max_Crapo on September 12, 2012
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The analysis of Mormonism detailed in this well written book exposes the damage done to individual members by an organization dedicated to its own wealth. Rather than detail the many faith destroying issues surrounding Mormonism, Mr Romney focuses on the psychological underpinnings of control in a "faith" gone seriously awry. He explains the relationships between the "doctrines" of Mormonism and how they damage an individuals self worth, ability to honestly question, and their ability to express themselves in meaningful and honest ways.

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.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Porter Rockwell on October 18, 2012
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Park Romney, Mitt's cousin, has written a compelling book last year about Mormons ... and the tendency of authoritarian religions to crush the human spirit in general. (Check out the author picture ... he looks a lot like Mitt.)

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!
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By VegasJessie on August 10, 2012
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The Apostasy of a High Priest is a personal account by Park Romney about his journey from counselor of a Bishopric and devout Mormon to a man who awoke in his mid-30's to realize the entire religion was based on fraud and deception. The book sites examples from the scriptures, mainly "Doctrine and Covenants" in the alleged Holy Book, where the "believer" is encouraged to seek intellectual growth while shunning any urge to investigate claims of the religion. It is sort of like believing in Santa Claus: when you are old enough to know the truth, you must deny your logical brain its right. You must remain brainwashed so as to not lose all social and economic ties to those to whom your life is entwined. Very insightful and informative, I recommend it highly for those who are unaware of the cult that is the Mormon Church.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Matt T. Neibaur on September 23, 2012
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Sorry, my wife said that sounded a little vulgar... But it is still true. Romney, in The Apostasy of a High Priest, shows that to be the case. He gives a glimpse of what the Mormon mind set is and the courage it takes to change it and simply walk away. Don't be disappointed when you find that your journey will be a lonely one.

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.
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