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I’ve been reading a very good book on religion and found some quotes that are worth sharing. But I thought it might be fun to make this interactive. So, here’s the first quote, but you have to fill in the blanks. If anyone correctly fills in all of the blanks, I’ll send them their very own Main Street Plaza classic thong:

“So uniform is the ___1___ ‘s theology and content of meetings that, in principle, every __2__ in the world will read the same literature during the same week in preparation for the same programme at their local __3__. __4__ authoritarianism is highly implicit in the ways in which devotees interact at the meetings and I noticed an unusual degree of subordination among both women and children. The organisation is a patriarchal one in which women are expected to defer to their husbands’ authority and children to that of their parents. The __5__ claim that dynamic roles for women such as convening meetings and organising events are scripturally renounced.” (p. 66)

Good luck!

(Hint: The author is British and is writing about this group in the UK, not that that makes a difference, but it is a subtle hint!)


I'm a college professor and, well, a professional X-Mormon. Thus, ProfXM. I love my Mormon family, but have issues with LDS Inc. And I'm not afraid to tell LDS Inc. what I really think... anonymously, of course!

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5 Responses

  1. Guy Noir Private Eye says:

    I (heart) Subtlety!

    as Guy Noir says: What we’ve got real is a real Mystery, folks….
    My fee for Professional Services is $1,500 per day , + expenses…; a 3 day minimum, paid IN ADVANCE.

  2. Matt says:

    I was tempted to just be funny but man do I ever want one if them thongs!!! So, I googled and found:

    Book title: “Jehovah’s Witnesses: Portrait of a Contemporary Religious Movement”
    Author: Andrew Holden

    Jehovah’s Witness
    Kingdom Hall
    Watch Tower

    Call be a cheat but dammit … I want. I want. I want.

  3. Matt says:

    Oops. I just realized that by naming the book and linking to a preview I may have blown any future fill-in-the-blank fun. Crap. Sorry, profxm.

  4. chanson says:

    That’s funny. I figured it couldn’t be Mormons (since that would be too obvious), but it would have been funny if it’d been something a little more unexpected, like Boy Scouts or communists or something. 😉

  5. profxm says:

    Matt, send me your postal address and the thong will ship today: profxm -at-!

    Congrats! (And damn Google for indexing all the world’s information! Arghhh! You love them and you hate them…)

    As for the quote, it was just amazing to me as I read the book to see the stunning similarities between the JWs and Mormons. Sometimes it seemed like all you had to do was replace the proper nouns and it would be a book about Mormonism. Great book for anyone interested!

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