On the 2nd February Kirk van Allen wrote a critique of Section 132 of the Doctrine and Covenants. In his analysis he concluded that as far as he could see polygamy was morally wrong. For this assertion he recently reported that he has been asked by his local church leaders to revise the blog removing all suggestion that he does not personally agree with the official position that polygamy was inspired. In other words it appears that this monogamous Mormon man is being required to accept polygamy as revelatory – on pain of discipline.
Kirk and Lindsay van Allen are a young Mormon couple who have lived a religiously uneventful life of Mormon adherence. Yet over the last couple of years both have been troubled by polygamy reading the LDS.org polygamy essays and delving into other historical and doctrinal literature. They even decided to do a close reading of Section 132.
I speak with Kirk first, and then Lindsay about what lead them to delve into polygamy as a doctrinal proposition, and what ultimately lead them to outright reject it as a Christian doctrine.