By Duane S. Crowther
Information about the audio download of Recognizing Techniques of Deception in Anti-Mormon Literature
The use of deceptive writing techniques, or “yellow journalism,” has become typical of some critics of the LDS Church. Using such literary styles is a blatant statement to the informed reader that the authors are not attempting to report facts, but are consciously and cleverly trying to lead the reader away from making objective assessments and decisions based on the plain, uncolored truths.
Recognizing Techniques of Deception in Anti-Mormon Literature lists twenty-two of those techniques and defines them so that they can be easily identified and detected. It also shows examples of how they have been used to confuse and deceive the unwary. The techniques include:
(1) Unanswerable Falsehood, (2) Out-of-Context, (3) inflated Issue, (4) Judgmental Opinion, (5) Either-Or Argumentation, (6) Conclusion Contrary to Evidence, (7) Specific-to-Generalization, (8) Assumed Characteristics, (9) Bandwagon Logic, (10) Disregarded Evidence, (11) Erroneous Time of Fulfillment, (12) Implied Infallibility, (13) Double Standard of Interpretation, (14) Colored Comment, (15) Redefined Motive, (16) Misquoted Statement, (17) Private Test of Authority, (18) Misleading Headline, (19) Half Truth, (20) Character Assassination, (21) Falsified Quotation, and (22) Strawman Approach.
Each of these techniques of deception is carefully explained and illustrated in this remarkable presentation. Every person who has ever been confronted with anti-Mormon literature should listen to Recognizing Techniques of Deception in Anti-Mormon Literature—it will give him keys to the discernment that can protect him from those who masquerade as truth tellers while trying to lead him astray.
The author emphasizes that yellow journalism truly is an intentional deception, and it is a wicked practice–a practice that should be completely foreign to those who have truly undergone the mighty change in their hearts characteristic of Christians who have been born again. Hopefully, this talk will provide information that can aid you in recognizing truth and rejecting falsehoods.
(Talk length: 80 minutes)
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