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Upon reading some of the 2,001+ Easy Reasons to Dismiss Mormonism, critics have accused me of nit-picking the church, while at the same moment avoiding any discussion about the validity of the claims. My initial response is always “thank you,” while in my mind, I’m deeply saddened by the paradox.

Although every religious person has a conviction that the course they’re traveling is aligned with God, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints takes it one step further. Not only is their individual path correct, but all other courses are “an abomination” (Pearl of Great Price, Joseph Smith—History 1:19). Indeed, the term “God’s one and only true church” is a common reply to questions. It would be a grave injustice for any sincere seeker of truth to avoid holding everything about a religion to intense scrutiny; particularly one claiming to be the sole harbinger of truth. No, it would be a sin not to. Minutiae should pass litmus tests in the same manner as grand doctrinal issues. After all, our lives are a series of small matters that must function as a whole, to understand our own personal quests.

Religion must be scrutinized, not only because of it’s claims, but because of the potential it has to change the course of our lives.