I recently registered the domain names InvestigatingMormonism.com and InvestigatingMormonism.org, both of which point to http://investigatingmormonism.com. I intend for this site to become an index of links from both sides of the fence (apologists & LDS sources vs the mormon truth movement) spanning as many topics as possible. As I am mostly uneducated myself on historical and doctrinal issues due to my own exit not involving those things, it would be best if many of you could volunteer your vast knowledge of online resources and links. So what we need is links from both spectrums of the same topic to give viewers easily accessible materials to compare and make their own decision as to who is "spinning" and justifying but still confirming uncomfortable truths. If you'd like to contribute and participate in this project, please join the Investigating Mormonism Project group on LifeAfterMormonism.net so that we can keep all related discussions and topic brain storming in a central and easily collaborative order. Below is a rough example of what I'm going for and how each topic will be laid out, keeping it as simple as possible:
LDS Sources ----------Critical Sources
LDS Authored Books ------Critical Books
I think this is really good. Sometimes it will be difficult to designate sources as LDS or critical. Even taking the example of Mormon Enigma in your post, I don't think it could be seen both ways. From what I understand, both authors were active members of the church when the book was written. Take a look at what one of the authors of the book wrote on Amazon. This author still identifies as LDS and neither of the authors were ever excommunicated for writing the book. Does that make this an LDS authored book? I think most members seeking to maintain their faith in the church will think of the book as critical though so it would be hard to deem an LDS source. Rather categorizing each book or source as pro or con, it might be helpful to instead give a sentence or two that sums up the perspective of the author(s) and the reception the book has received.
FairLDS Article - Though the information on FAIR (Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research) should not be interpreted as official statements of LDS doctrine, belief, or practice, FAIR has been defending the LDS church online since 1997 and its mission is to provide well-researched answers to challenging questions within a faithful context.
Family Search - An official website of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
And so on.
I will join the group, as soon as I can see the top of my desk!! LOL But I'm wondering if there should be a third category, (the words that come to mind are "riding a very thin fence". I would actually put Bushman's book in that category -- as I've been privy to many complaints that he's still not being true to his intellect, and is both "honest" about J.S., and then turns right around and makes apologetic arguments. The book has been a first step for some people who are now out of the church. I don't think "apologetic" would be a helpful title for this group, cause a lot of people don't even know what that means. But I'm sure the right title could be found if you think this is a valid idea. Just an idea that popped into my head when I saw the two lists.
I agree with "3 categories". I say color code them, and have the color code explained either at the top, or right after every new topic so it is easily understood.
You could have one color (or symbol) for "Pro Mormon"
One color for "Critical"
One color for "In between" or something like that.
I'm in on this one; been reading for 4 years and while my memory is not perfect, I have lots of info on the topics on my computer. I make notes when I reads a book.
How do I add books on here or do I? I like the idea of an in between category too, but we may not all agree on what fits that category.
Could we have a voting list set up so that people can see how others feel about the book and which category it fits into?
We need to get Richard Packham on this group and Bob McCue and others who have a lot of information stored away in their heads and computers and websites.
This is a great idea.