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Old November 10 2013, 05:36 PM   #835
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Re: What are you reading?

I'm re-reading "Under the Banner of Heaven" by Jon Krakauer. The story is stomach-churning, about polygamous sects of Mormonism (The FLDS church) and the effect of a "deeply personal God" as Joseph Smith outlined. Most of the story consists of violence, from the history of Mormon persecution in the 19th century, to the central figure in the book, Dan and Ron Lafferty, who killed their brother's wife and baby because it was revealed to them as a prophecy of God. It tries to make a larger point about the effect of religion on society as well.
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