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Atheists Talk: Thomas Riskas on “Deconstructing Mormonism”

If you think you’ve learned all you need to know about Mormonism from South Park episodes and the broadway musical, Book of Mormon, you must join us this Sunday! Atheists Talk will be interviewing author, lecturer, and secular humanist, Thomas Riskas about his book Deconstructing Mormonism: An Analysis and Assessment of the Mormon Faith, which is introduced in the forward by philosopher and professor Kai Nelson.

Thomas Riskas converted to Mormonism as a young man and spent 20 years in the Church. He rose up through the ranks of leadership, acting an Elder, Seventy and High Priest. He was a missionary, a mission leader and mission president for seven years. He had a family and raised his children in the Church. Years later he came to believe that the claims made by Mormonism – and by all religions with similar belief systems – are not only untrue, but an empty nonreality. In Deconstructing Mormonism, Mr. Riskas examines in detail the Mormon concepts of God, the “Plan of Salvation”, and faith in God and Christ, and then breaks down these ideas by illuminating the contradictions in Mormon faith and examining the psychosocial effects of the faith on its believers.

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    BTW, just for clarification’s sake for never-Mormon readers, Riska’s experience encompasses Elder, High Priest and member of the Quorum of the Seventy in ascending order of church rank. (Not Seventy by itself. That’s not a title.) Elder means anybody who “holds” the Melchezidek priesthood, which you can get if you are male and nineteen. A High Priest is fairly common too at a congregational level called “the stake” but less common than an Elder–not something immediately obvious since in most other sects, a high priest is THE high priest or leader. The really impressive title here from an ex-Mormon perspective is being a member of the Quorum of the Seventies. (This is the fairly limited pool from which the 12 Apostles are chosen.) It’s not quite as entrenched as an Apostle would be, but this is a dude who once had a lot of eggs in the church basket.