Kevin Graham wrote:
No, I'm referring jokingly to the targets of Droopy and Schryver who instantly suspect someone is about to leave the Church the second they start showing signs of independent thought. If Kerry posted more on the MAD forum he'd likely be one of their targets.
No, Will and I and others only suspect that someone may be leaning toward apostasy when they, well, start leaning toward apostasy. Kerry has been here before. Over the years, Kerry has flirted with atheism before, as well as a fixation with theoretical physics (which he once told me had essentially invalidated the entire view of the nature and structure of the cosmos as understood in the gospel), something he calls "Mormon mysticism," and what appears to be his most debilitating challenge, a kind of god complex that can frequently afflict highly intelligent and educated individuals.
Kerry has lurched and lunged between various preoccupations such as this for many years, while remaining a strong defender of Joseph Smith and the Church. However, in recent years, he has, unfortunately, become ever more judgmental and critical of the Brethren along several major dimensions, and recent posts at the MDB indicate that he perceives himself to have moved well beyond the General Authorities of the Church in his own spiritual and intellectual development, and is on the verge of some kind of, what he appears to consider a personal transcendence regarding the Church and its claim of being the authoritative organized vehicle through which the the gospel is preached, its doctrines settled and established, and the Saints organized as a people.
This is unfortunate. This is intellectualism
in the form that can be the most destructive to both the spirit and