First, the quote from Midgley (emphasis Charity's):
"Brother Joseph is very much present in the ideologies and demonologies of many who in diverse but related ways detest everything associated with him. Even perhaps providentially, disbelief and incredulity, if not outright hatred and hostility, have done much to keep him alive in the memories of the covenant people of God. Indeed, the Saints seem to have actually needed enemies who, without even knowing it, are dedicated to keeping them from slipping back into the fog of the currently fashionable world by forcing them to confront the content and grounds of their faith, thereby refining, testing, and proving them. For this we can thank Joseph's many critics—both past and present." (Editor's Introduction, Knowing Brother Joseph Again, Louis Midgley, Provo, Utah: Maxwell Institute, 2006. Pp. xi–lxxiv
My reaction to the quote:
Yes, Brother Midgley, I will continue to work arm-in-arm with the Church to "refine, test, and prove" the "covenant people of God" by "forcing them to confront the content and grounds of their faith."
I'll even go one step further, Brother Midgley: In order to keep the Saints from "slipping back into the fog of the currently fashionable world," please tell all your fellow Saints about my website, http://www.mormoninformation.com and this site, MormonDiscussions.com. I pledge to work hard to help you achieve your vision for your fellow Latter-day Saints!
And now, on to Charity's fantastic addition to the Midgley quote:
Are any of you critics thinking about dropping your critical activites now that you know that your actions are counterproductive?
Oh, boy! Now I "know" that my actions are counterproductive! And all it took was one little quote from Professor Louis Midgley to set me straight!
So how about you, Nortinski? Care to tell Charity how "counterproductive" your "critical activities" are?