Sunday, January 20, 2008

After Death Conversion

Sometimes, I swear, I just don't get it. I don't get people. What can they be thinking of?

This is the latest piece of information which has me reeling in sheer amazement:

The practice, sometimes known as “Temple work” involves a Mormon “standing in” for a dead person to allow said dead one to be baptized as a Mormon and enter Mormon heaven. It became an issue when it turned out that many Mormons were retrospectively baptizing Holocaust victims such as Anne Frank and other dead Jews including Einstein and Freud as Mormons in this way. Not only that, some Mormons had baptized less savory figures in history including Stalin, Mao, Ivan the Terrible—and even Hitler himself (along with Eva Braun so they could share Mormon heaven together).

While the Church did not encourage the baptism of Nazis, the doctrine was not changed until 1995 by which time Eichman, Himmler and Heydrich joined the Furher among the baptized. I know: this sounds too strange and offensive to be true, but Mormons are big on conversions and it’s a lot easier to convert the compliant dead than the living.

Somehow, religious people in the grip of some forceful dogma show a rare capacity for the most outlandish fantasies.

No doubt I prefer the ultimately harmless rituals of Mormons to the violent enactment of religious fantasies by Islamists. But still, I'm stumped, once again, by human will to pathological self-delusion.


At 3:36 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now you know why mainstream Christians keep Mormonism at arms length.

That is just the tip of the proverbial iceburg.

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At 2:12 AM EST, Blogger David said...

What is so difficult to understand?

Mormons believe that the Bible teaches that baptism is essential for salvation. Many have died without opportunity for baptism. Baptism by proxy has been practiced for thousands of years.

At 8:38 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even if the baptism is done, it's still up the individual whether or not they will accept it. If they don't accept it, then it's null and void.

At 8:42 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could you please tell us exactly where you got your information about Stalin, Hitler, Mao, etc., having thier work done by the LDS church? I would really like to know...

At 8:47 PM EST, Blogger The Contentious Centrist said...

You should click on the link and it takes you back to where the quote is from. And then there is another link there that takes back even further.

Here it is:


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