We all are familiar with the mean-spirited and bigoted anti-Mormonism of some Evangelicals, but what about secular anti-Mormonism? Is there a good answer for the humanists and pseudo-intellectuals who attack the Church on purely logical grounds demanding “empirical” evidence of our faith? Daniel C. Peterson of FARMS gives his thoughts on the matter in an essay entitled Reflections on Secular Anti-Mormonism. I really enjoyed it. Perhaps you will to.
I particularly liked this quote from Dostoevsky:
“If there is no God,” says Dostoevsky’s Ivan Karamazov, “that means everything is permitted.” Why? Because nothing matters at all; everything is meaningless.
To me this is a self-evident truth. I’m sure that some philosopher or philosophy student could explain to me some other foundation for morality than “what God approves,” but I cannot imagine what that might be.