Mad Max Mormonism vs. Star Trek Mormonism

My sense is that there are a lot of Mad Max Mormons in the world. Now admittedly I just made that term up, but what I mean by it is there seem to be a lot of Mormons who expect the world to get worse and worse until some massive calamity nearly wipes humanity out and just as we are in the verge of being forced to live like Mad Max in a post-apocalyptic dystopia Jesus will return and fix the world. And who could blame Mormons for such a world view? Not only are there plenty of prophesies in the Bible that seem to indicate that’s how it will come down prior to the second coming of Jesus, there are supporting modern revelations saying the same things in even more detail. The term “Latter-day” is in the official name of our church for cryin’ out loud. To most people that indicates that these are the very last days of the world.

Between the revelations about pending calamities and the “Saturday’s Warriors” plays and the Cleon Skousens and Glenn Becks and the far-right-leaning politics that dominate modern American Mormonism it seems to me that Mad Max Mormonism is flourishing and has been for a very long time.

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