ALL the News about
Mormons, Mormonism
and the LDS Church
Mormon News: All the News about Mormons, Mormonism and the LDS Church
Posted 24 Feb 2001   For week ended April 23, 2000
Most Recent Week
Front Page
Local News
Arts & Entertainment
·New Products
·New Websites
·Mormon Stock Index
Letters to Editor
Continuing Coverage of:
Boston Temple
School Prayer
Julie on MTV
Robert Elmer Kleasen
About Mormon News
News by E-Mail
Weekly Summary
Submitting News
Submitting Press Releases
Volunteer Positions
Bad Link?

News about Mormons, Mormonism,
and the LDS Church
Sent on Mormon-News: 24Apr00

Summarized by Kent Larsen

LA Times Says Hinckley's Book Lacks Depth
Los Angeles Times 22Apr00 A1
By Ralph Frammolino: Times Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- The Times' Frammolino says that President Hinckley's book "Standing for Something" doesn't have enough depth to support his moral arguments. In a review of the book published in Saturday's Times, Frammolino says that the book, "ultimately rings hollow because the book lacks philosophical heft; it fails to engage in meaningful introspection and disclosure."

Frammolino begins the review well enough, noting how far President Hinckley goes to avoid mentioning Mormonism and becoming "a book that could be mistaken for a work by evangelist Billy Graham." He says this gives the book the ability to "resonate with a wider audience, including fundamentalist Christians who regard Salt Lake City as Cult Central." Frammolino also seems open to Hinckley's thesis, which he defines as a claim that "the root of America's problems and evils, he says, is the secularization of society."

But Frammolino expected much more from the book, saying that President Hinckley only "lays out cause and effect, but passes over the middle ground of personal struggle, where most of us live." He says Hinckley is "unwilling to plumb his experience, position or religious viewpoint to lend a depth to his moral arguments."

It is clear to Frammolino that Hinckley is capable of this. He says that the book does contain some evidence of personal struggles, such as the difficulty of an unmarried couple facing an unplanned pregnancy. But Frammolino calls for more, "One wants to know more about such personal struggles, because sometimes distinguishing right from wrong is not a black-and-white decision. One wants to know the dilemmas. . ."

Frammolino also sees this problem in Hinckley's condemnation of divorce. "It is one thing to make its preservation a theological cornerstone, as in Hinckley's church, but how to deal with the inevitable divorces among his flock? In the book, he condemns divorce as "selfishness," but that's not enough. It happens."

Because of this weakness, Frammolino finds the book ultimately unsatisfying, saying, "Hinckley offers Reaganisms like "right is right and wrong is wrong" in a book one wishes had gone deeper into the things for which he stands."


[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Standing for Something Standing for Something: 10 Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts and Homes

Copyright 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 Kent Larsen · Privacy Information