The attitude of apologists can be represented on a two-dimensional scale. The first dimension has to do with the tension that exists between loyalty to the truth and loyalty to the church. If an apologist is a sycophant to the general authorities and would never publically admit that the church has blemishes or that non-believers have some good reasons for not believing, then they are excessively loyal to the church. In contrast, if they freely admit it when they perceive critics having a good point, then they are loyal to the truth. Note that being loyal to the truth doesn’t mean that they are dis
loyal to the church, it just means that they aren’t willing to be deceptive in order to make a point, and have the intellectual integrity to call a spade a spade when the church is less than perfect.
The second dimension has to do with what they love. If they love to fight, they are on the left-hand side of this scale. If they love people, they are on the right-hand side.
Putting the two dimensions together results in a graph like the following:Some notes:
Quadrant I contains apologists who are loyal to the truth and who love people. consiglieri is the personification of this quadrant.
Quadrant II is for people who love the truth, but also love to fight. In the days when Kevin Graham was an apologist, this was his space.
Quadrant III is for people who are loyal to the church and love to fight. This quadrant is crowded.
Quadrant IV is for people who are loyal to the hierarchy, but love people. Most active Mormons are in this quadrant, but being in this space doesn’t lend itself to apologetics. They are loyal to the church, so why waste time studying Mormonism when they could be living it? They love people and don’t like fighting. Apologetics offers little to this personality type. With some irony, I put Daniel Peterson here. In his earlier years I think he was definitely in Quadrant III, and while he still has his moments, it seems he has shifted over this way.
Quadrant III apologists absolutely hate their polar opposites in Quadrant I.