Lucretia MacEvil wrote:Wade, maybe we can take a little shortcut ... is there any conceivable criticism of the church that would be acceptable to you, and which you wouldn't take personally? Please be specific. Thanks.
For the umpteenth time, this isn't intended to be a discussion about whether I or anyone else would take, or have taken, criticisms about the Church personally or not. I freely admit that I have and would--and I think rightly so.
Rather, it is about whether certain kinds of criticism are valued and efficacious, regardless of whether one is a believer or a critic.
In terms of valued and effective criticism of the Church, as long as the criticism includes the characteristic I have listed previously, I would be inclined to accept it.
There are numerous specific examples that I can point to. Pick any one of the talks from the General Conference issues of the Ensign for ample examples, if not also the rebukes and admonitions from the Lord and his chosen leaders throughout the LDS canon of scripture regarding repentance and bettering ourselves as a people and taking upon us the image and nature of Christ.
Thanks, -Wade Englund-