Mormon, PostMormon & ExMormon
philosophers, writers, teachers, bloggers, Internet personalities, and thought leaders who have influenced my current thinking.
By Andrew "Flat Lander" Callahan
From time to time I have been asked who has influenced my current thinking. Usually I respond that "I'll have to think about that." Well, here is my initial thinking on the subject, and it will likely change. It has been a useful exercise for me, and I would encourage others to think about positive and negative "thought leaders" in their current thinking. The list is in no particular order, and even with some considerable thought applied, almost certainly leaves out several key people on both lists. (My lists refer specifically to Mormonism, so other obvious non-Mormon influences e.g. Richard Dawkins, etc. are not included.) July, 2010
Brian Keith Dalton
Samuel the Utahnite
Peter & Mary Danzig
Steve & Linda Stay
Gordon B. Hinckley
Jeffrey R. Holland
Dallin H. Oaks
Boyd K. Packer
Bruce R. McConkie
Heber C. Kimball
Thomas S. Monson
Excellent lists. For me, I have to include my mom and my step-dad (on both lists). I think my mom is one of the primary reasons why I am now an atheist :) It's one of the reasons why I place her on both lists. It's not necessarily a bad thing.
Facebook (Ex Mo)
The Bodies (As in Stuart and Kerri, and Jean. Not as in "Where are they buried?")
Brian Keith Dalton (Mr Deity ROCKS!!!!)
My Mom and Step-dad
My family (large extended Mormon family, came across "The Plains." Nope, no baggage there. )
The God of Abraham
The Book of Mormon and The Pearl of Great Price (Hey, how can you argue with a book that contradicts itself in so many ways??? It makes the argument against Mormonism for you).
The Lebaron Brothers
Fundamentalism in all of it's forms
Michael Quinn and Grant Palmer helped me most to see the truth.
My family and better friends helped me most to see the good in the Church.
Brigham Young, Ezra Taft, Mark Peterson, and any apologist's caused me sadness or worse.
John Dehlin helped me transition.
My wife helped me remain comfortable and confident.
Boyd K and Bruce Hafen continue the pain.
Actually it was not anyone it was issues and the really bad answers that I received.
So I guess it was the leadership and teachers of the church.
Blacks - I had to learn the truth on my own. There was no doctrine
Polygamy - They lied. 14 and 15 year old girls are never fair game.
Women - Let' play the second rate citizen bit and keep them in their place
Prop H8 - Who in the heck asked the Mormons to rule the world?
Guilt trips - I never felt that God loved me because I was not perfect.
Organization - It was more important to be a good member than to be a good person
Blood Atonement, the Danites, the worship of GAs etc.