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The World Table is an Mormon Apologetic website run by Daniel C. Peterson after his purge from the Maxwell Institute.
| My Prediction For Daniel C. Peterson's New Endeavor, "The World Table" |
Monday, Aug 5, 2013, at 08:01 AM
Original Author(s): Everybody Wang Chung
Topic: THE WORLD TABLE -Link To MC Article-
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| Let's be honest, Daniel C. Peterson, Bill Hamblin, Will Schryver, Michael Ash, etc., don't have the best track record when it comes to the internet. In fact, one could make the argument that everything they have touched ends up being a colossal failure and usually reflects poorly upon the Church and its members.
I'm concerned the "The World Table" has the potential to expose Daniel C. Peterson's racist attitudes, Will Schryver's misogyny and Michael Ash's incompetence, to a much larger audience. Further harming the Church.
I can easily see "The World Table" devolving into a neo-Nazi, misogynistic and hostile forum for anyone who is not a member of the Tea Party. It will be a dangerous place for women, children and individuals seeking to learn and understand about the Church.
I imagine, at some point in the very near future, the Church will have to step in and shut "The World Table" down. Thus, alienating the Mopologists even further.
With friends like the Mopologists, the Church doesn't need any enemies.
| It's been less than two weeks since the launch of the FAIR- / Mopologetics-sponsored project known as "The World Table," and already, per what I've learned, it is showing signs of atrophy. Here are a few of the items that have been brought to my attention: |
1) As many know, "TWT" utilizes a ratings system, whereby other posters rate each other in terms of honesty, fairness, and so on. Currently, among highly active posters, Wade Englund has the lowest score--and this includes low ratings from fellow LDS.
2) The moderating team appears to be largely an LDS "cabal," with a few "puppet" Christians to help sell the idea that this is actually an inter-religious affair.
3) Bryce Haymond, the co-founder of Mormon Interpreter, is seemingly a key player in TWT scene.
4) In spite of the fact that TWT was pitched as an opportunity for sallying forth an "army of apologists," none of the major, classic-FARMS/BYU-associated Mopologists have emerged as key participants. One wonders if they are afraid to submit themselves to TWT's "Way of Openness," or, instead, if they are afraid of getting low ratings.
5) There is apparently a great deal of anxiety amongst LDS participants over "old history" resurfacing on The World Table. These participants evidently fear the Ghosts of Mopologetics past, and one wonders if in-depth conversations on, say, "Metcalfe is Butthead" or the 2nd Watson Letter will be permitted.
Of course, it's still too early to tell whether or not these are fatal flaws in TWT's structure, but it does seem clear that the site's founders had/have ulterior motives, and that kind, honest, interreligious conversation was not their main goal in creating the forum.
| There has been a fascinating admission from someone who appears to be a member of TWT's leadership team:
Jack Donald wrote:
I appreciate you defending TWT to others, Mark. If I am mistaken about your motives, then perhaps we both have a lesson to learn here - and I am open. I was simply replying to what I have perceived as persistent accusations that there is a secret leadership and motive behind TWT. I am personally sensitive about that because I wouldn't waste my energy for that kind of forum.
The "Mark" he's addressing here, is, of course, our own MDB participant, Markk. It's fascinating that Donald describes himself as, on the one hand, suspicious of Mark's "motives," and yet, on the other hand, is "personally sensitive" to any suggestion that TWT might have a "secret leadership" (which it does, of course), or an ulterior agenda.
I spent a few minutes reading an interchange you had with Randall Paul, in the last few days, and maybe I have mistaken your genuine concern for suspicion and doubt.
If you have suggestions about TWT, PM any one of us or send feedback via the form below. I was not being disingenuous above, we are trying to create a place where you can find what you are looking for.
It's worth taking note of Markk's reply:
All of this simply could have been avoided if transparency would have been from the beginning. Randall explained you were search[ing] for professionals from other faiths to anchor the leadership positions. If TWT wants others to be transparent, then it has to start from the top. Randall explained this and I understand now.
Well, now! How interesting. So the leadership at The World Table has been very shy over the issue of transparency because....(drum roll)....that leadership consists almost entirely of Latter-day Saints: not only that, but for whatever reason, they want "professionals" from other faiths(??). What this means is that, from the outset, this has never really been an "interfaith" project; instead, it seems a lot more like an effort to rehab the Church's and Mormons' image: "Look! We believe in The Way of Openness! We get along with people from other faith traditions!" Not that there is anything wrong with trying to mend a bad reputation, of course.
And by no means am I trying to suggest that other motives might *not* still be at play here: e.g., collecting IRL dossiers on, using the ratings system in a kind of "war," and so on. Bro. Donald seems very much to want TWT to succeed as a legitimate placeto have honest discussion, but I don't really see how a truly interfaith discussion forum like this can work when DCP is on their leadership. They must have blinders on when it comes to him. Have they not seen quotes from him like this?:
Daniel C. Peterson wrote:
Perhaps I wasn't clear enough: I regard Calvinism as repulsive, its morality disgusting, and its teaching about God as blasphemous. -- DCP, 10/08/2007
Have they not seen this lengthy exchange between him and James White?:
Daniel Peterson wrote:
Look, World Table: this guy and his antics represent your leadership. Either you guys are unaware of these sort of things (which have been going on for roughly a quarter century), or you *are* aware and just don't care. If it's the former, then I would humbly suggest that you ask him to step down (and good luck with that, btw). If it's the latter, then I'm sure you realize that the suspicions concerning TWT are only going to grow. If Jack Donald et al. truly are serious about making this work, then they are going to have to think long and hard about which personnel they want to keep on board.
Thank you for withdrawing from the exchange; I was worried that this was going to cost me a lot of time. Backed into a corner, eh? Beating an ungraceful retreat?
I'm sorry you broke your arrogance meter. Was it a gift from your mother?
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