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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

Science Fundamentalism

Secrets and Wives: The Hidden World of Mormon Polygamy

Sanjiv Bhattacharya




In finishing Bhattacharya's book on Mormon fundamentalism, I reflect a bit on my beliefs, which involve science and a respect for different kinds of moral needs among creatures. It occurs to me, although science has its practical side, there's a religiosity to it as well. And, if I might coin a term, with the religiosity comes "fundamentalism science." Proofs about how men and women must behave. Darwin's decrees on fitness and right society. Parishioners in lecture pews unqualified to question those above them. Closing ranks when faced with outsiders.

The Mormons have to leave mainstream society for their fundamentalism and I must also leave, a bit, but for my lack of it.