This extraordinary work of investigative journalism takes readers inside America’s isolated Mormon Fundamentalist communities, where some In his bestselling books Into Thin Air and Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer explored the In the prologue to Under the Banner of Heaven, Krakauer asks of the brutal. Under the Banner of Heaven has ratings and reviews. Jon Krakauer’s literary reputation rests on insightful chronicles of lives conducted at the.

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The difference is the latter are part of our culture, and to a great extent part of our psyche. That alone, I think, is a good reason to pick this one up. Strict adherence to a religion removes personal doubt.

Because the practice of plural marriage is so intimately linked to the murders of Brenda and Erica Lafferty, it might be well to speak of banher subject at the first.

Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

This is a hard book for me to review given that I have quite a few Mormon friends and that although my own philosophy leans more towards existentialism than anything else, I feel its differents strokes for different folks.

He focuses on the story of Ron Lafferty, a Mormon fundamentalist who participates in the brutal murder of a young woman and her 18 month old daughter. But men have been committing heinous acts in the name of God ever since mankind began believing in deities, and extremists exist within all religions.

As to the matter of dissent, Latter-day Saints are free to feel how they choose to feel about a given doctrine or practice.


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It is also in this town where anywhere from thirteen to sixteen year-old girls are ordered, yes, ordered by the president to marry whatever man the president heavrn, without any choice in the matter.

Marrying prodigiously and heavenn virtual impunity the leader of the largest fundamentalist church took seventy-five “plural wives,” several of whom were wed to him when they were fourteen or fifteen and he was in his eightiesfundamentalist prophets exercise absolute control over the lives of their followers, and preach that any day now the world will be swept clean in a hurricane of fire, sparing only their most obedient adherents.

The Lafferty case, the purported subject of the book, becomes merely an illustration of this theory. Not surprisingly, because Krakauer does not portray Joseph Smith and Brigham Young as angelic saints who never did anything wrong in their entire lives, the LDS leadership attacked the book, instructing members to avoid it.

To download media files, please first review and agree to the Terms of Use. At times the book is fascinating and at times horrifying my husband just finished it too and found it riveting.

Fuck that, is my response. Ujder all 53 comments. Then came Joseph Smith, with the concept of a loving God. Please try again later. They are not members of this Church. Beginning with a meticulously researched account of this “divinely inspired” crime, Krakauer constructs a multilayered, bone-chilling narrative of messianic delusion, savage violence, polygamy, and unyielding faith.

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Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer

Aug 14, Gwen rated it it was amazing. The result is a town like Colorado City, in the middle of the desert, isolated, as they like it.


I want to rant and rage at these smug, self mon assholes, and shatter their ludicrous, harmful beliefs. These men felt, and continued to feel, no remorse because of their doctrine that “killing for the Lord” is entirely acceptable if it is necessary to do God’s will.

First of all, Ot didn’t finish reading this book. Oct 07, Jonathan Ashleigh rated it really liked it. For more information on the use of the name of the Church, go to our online Style Guide. The United Effort Plan owns almost all the town property. A lot of their relationships seem incestuous, or otherwise questionable.

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Sep 26, Zuky the BookBum rated it really liked it Shelves: I can’t say he is entirely wrong. It would hurt them a great deal and it would weaken their ideals about you while accomplishing absolutely nothing as far as helping them understand you as their parent.

Under the Banner of Heaven

Inspired by Your Browsing History. Krakauer includes a final “Author’s Remarks” section at the end of the book.

What historical examples support it? It seems that it would be much easier to murder someone you hate if you could convince yourself that God were ordering you to do it. However, he insists job a historically accurate account based on the best evidence available legal documents, etc.