Truth can be the enemy of good..? Let’s reconsider this New Order Mormon approach…
I really want to support New Order Mormons, cultural Mormons, Open Mormons, uncorrelated Mormons, or whatever term is popular these days. I really do. I want to see a bigger tent. Maybe it’s the nonbeliever in me, but I would like to see change in the church.
But sometimes I read certain things and wonder…
The Book of Mormon Musical has been rather popular, if you haven’t heard. And so it has predictably gotten a lot of buzz in the Mormon blogging community, from people who like it to people who don’t like it as much. Is it awesomely lame?
Wait a minute…check out that link of people who like it again!
Can the Book of Mormon musical really be just what the church needs to retain people and bring doubters back into the fold? Maybe the church’s efforts to bring the Mormon.org ads closer to Broadway weren’t the right option?
(OK, that was a low blow.)
But the message that Adam is drawing from the Book of Mormon musical ultimately just won’t be what the church was looking for.
If a belief leads people to happiness and a better quality of life, that belief is a good thing — and (here is the key) people shouldn’t allow doubts about the truthfulness of that belief to interfere with its impact.
I’m not a big person on truth, I admit. I think a lot of people fetishize it, and they do ignore things like happiness and quality of life, and things like this. Nevertheless, I think that at least conceptually, we should want to think that goodness and truth are somewhat relatable.
Yet, here is the line that really troubles me:
Truth can be the enemy of good.
It seems to me that taking such an approach could have some *bad* side effects down the road. When are we to determine that a particular truth is an enemy to a particular good, and then devalue the truth accordingly?