I’ve read his book and it is not an axe-grinding kind of attack. It is quite sincere and gives all due deference to the strengths of mormonism. It is not the equivalent of McCarthy’s or Hyslop’s books attacking Catholicism on false grounds. The book clearly lays forth the actual LDS teachings, as Bennett learned them, explains what he found so moving and compelling about the LDS church, and then explains why, ultimately, he simply could not accept the claims to authority that the LDS Church made.
[quote=Crdl2Grv]I don’t begrudge Isaiah Bennett following whatever path he feels called to follow. But a guy who took a vow to the Catholic priesthood - a supposedly permanent, lifelong vow - then broke it, then married a woman, then joined another faith, then left that faith to go back to where he was originally is, perhaps, not the best spokesman for much of anything.
I don’t think he’s trying to be a spokesman for anyone. That wasn’t the take-away I got from this book. It read more like a cautionary tale. He certainly is a good example of what can happen when someone follows a feeling, without giving due regard to reason.
[quote=Crdl2Grv]And to me, the fact that he was asked to write something doesn’t diminish his moral responsibility for actually writing the book.
I do not think there is anything immoral about his decision to write a book about his experiences, and his thoughts regarding the attractiveness of mormonism, contrasted with its fallacies. How is doing so immoral - assuming that he is being honest about his experiences and his reasoning.
[quote=Crdl2Grv]IMO, the best thing for Isaiah Bennett to do would have been to politely decline the offer and spend what time he would have used to write the book in contemplative prayer to make sure he doesn’t break anymore lifelong vows in the future.
I do not see why he would be limited to doing either one or the other? I’m sure he continues to regret his decision to leave the priesthood. My recollection is that he said something like this when he was interviewed on Catholic Answers a few years ago.
[quote=Crdl2Grv]I’m sure he’s a nice guy and all, and I haven’t read the book. I just think that we Catholics know what it’s like to have former “insiders” write less-than-credible “scathing” accounts of life inside the Church. If we (rightly) roll our eyes at those people, don’t we kind of have to roll our eyes at Isaiah Bennett, too?
I think you need to read the book. It is neither “less than credible” nor is it “scathing.” You may change your opinion about him and his book if you actually take the time to read it. I think that by reading the actual works, one can discern who is a “crackpot” and who is making a reasoned and charitable critique.