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Friday, May 27, 2005

Historical Mormon Smackdown: Benson vs. McConkie [edited]

Well, the 'nacle has spoken and it turns out the Eliza was a greater historical figure. Who knew? I certainly didn't, I predicted a runaway for Emma.

In this week's version, we ask the following question:

Who has had a greater effect, internally and externally, on how the Church is perceived: Ezra Taft Benson or Bruce R. McConkie?

Ezra Taft Benson, a prophet of the Lord, Eisenhower's agricultural secretary (at a point when people cared about the agriculture secretary), member of the John Birch society, inspired to flood the earth with the Book of Mormon, utterer of "Beware of Pride" (one of my favorite conference talks).

Bruce R. McConkie, member of the quorum of the Twelve Apostles, author of several doctrinal treatises (the most influential being "Mormon Doctrine"), a Biblical autodidact, famously and humbly retracted statements regarding Blacks and the Priesthood, utterer of "The Purifying Power of Gethsemane" (one of my alltime favorite conference talks).

So there you have it. Please vote in the blogpoll on your right!