I thought I would go back and offer some thoughts and reflections on the post that put me on the map: Memoirs of a former evangelical anti-Mormon.
I’d had it in mind to talk about my personal experiences with the evangelical counter-cult ministry since Day 1 of starting this blog. I had left 5 comments over at
Prior to writing my “Memoirs” post, I did two things:
- Photoshopped the words “EVANGELICAL ANTI-MORMONS” onto a photograph of a short bus.
- Googled the names of the people I would be mentioning to see if they had Web sites or blogs to link to.
Through this latter effort I wound up publishing the post with a trackback to Todd Wood’s
If I were to write the post for the first time today, I would definitely change some things. Here’s what I would and wouldn’t do:
- The short bus analogy makes me wince. I realize the outrageous, abrasive, politically incorrect nature of it is part of what drew people in to the post, but I guess in the last 14 months, I’ve grown soft on the metaphor. The fact that my daughter is now enrolled in a special education preschool class probably accounts for part of this. Comparing people who are willfully mean-spirited and ignorant to people who have serious disabilities is really unfair on the latter group. So I probably would not have used the same analogy today.
- You can tell from the February 2009 update on the post that I decided to remove the full name of one of the people I discussed. Since what took place between us was mostly a private affair and he contested my account, I figured it wasn’t fair on him for people to find my blog when they Googled his name. I did learn my lesson though: if you ever agree to a phone discussion with someone who wants his wife on the line as a witness, get your own witness listen in. In any case, I still stand by my version of events.
- I should have been more specific in explaining which counter-cult activities I saw as problematic. It’s not fair to paint every single person involved in the counter-cult ministry with the same brush.
- I don’t think I would have changed a thing when it comes to my assessment of CARM.
All in all, that post was a turning point for me in my blogging career, and people continue to enjoy it today, so I’m glad I did it. It would have come out differently had I done it today, but I’m leaving it as is.