In honor of Prof. Midgley's brief appearance at T&S last week (in that forgettable thread that went into meltdown), my online essay of the week is Midgley's review of Palmer's An Insider's View of Mormon Origins, which he entitled Prying Into Palmer (read the review to get the reference). I also added Palmer's book to my Mormon Studies blogroll on the right sidebar along with my own 45-word review. If that's not long enough, go see my slightly longer review back at the old blog (which for some reason refuses to die, despite my not paying the renewal). Here's a paragraph from Midgley's review, on the minor but telling point that those denominations that endorse revisionist history in the Palmer mold do not seem to fare well:
But if worldly success is the measure, then the fact is, as I and others have shown in considerable detail, that the Community of Christ -- the controlling faction of what was once known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints -- has not prospered. Instead, those in charge of the Community of Christ have managed, since the late 1960s, to turn the nearly 250,000 on their membership rolls into something like 70,000 members. This dramatic decline has been the result of adopting radically revisionist guesswork about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. Palmer thinks that this is the direction that the Church of Jesus Christ should now take. This is simply amazing.