Scholars call for understanding on both sides of LDS proxy baptism debate

At the end of a week of media coverage of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the church's doctrinal practice of proxy baptism for the dead, the Huffington Post's online blog site and the Wall Street Journal have published interesting and informative opinion pieces that objectively consider the practice and call for tolerance and understanding on both sides of the controversy.

Referring to recent news reports involving proxy baptism and Jewish Holocaust survivors Simon Wiesenthal and Elie Wiesel, Samuel Brown, author of "In Heaven as it is on Earth: Joseph Smith and the Early Mormon Conquest of Death," acknowledges in his blog on the Huffington Post that "by and large outsiders have seen the practice as a strange and insensitive expression of Mormon exclusivism."

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