March Mormon Doctrine Madness: Round Two, Day Three

Yesterday’s results:
11 – Hugh Nibley 16
2 – Brigham Young 15

10 – Tithing and Consecration 22
3 – Physical Divine Beings 8

8 – The 2nd Official Declaration 17
4 – The Pearl of Great Price 13

12 – The Young Men’s Program 17
1 – The Welfare Program 13

The last two results of which obviously prove that the bloggernacle is wrong, just wrong (also, the BY results may be off). Oh well.

Today’s matches:

3 – Bruce R. McConkie vs. 10 – David O. McKay

Which is the more influential force in Mormonism today?
Bruce R. McConkie
David O. McKay


Filed under Doctrine, Marginalia, Speculation

6 responses to “March Mormon Doctrine Madness: Round Two, Day Three

  1. John C.

    My picks:
    President McKay
    The Book of Mormon
    Sacrament Meeting

    That last pick is one of the toughest I have thus far had to make (it has changed at least once in the course of this comment)

  2. I agree; I’m surprised to see McKay as your pick. Enlighten us, please!

  3. John C.

    Primarily, I see an internal movement that is more respectful of intellectual approaches to the church nowadays, including, amongst other things, benign neglect toward the ‘nacle. President Hinckley also seems to fit this for me. I admit that I am being idiosyncratic here (and possibly untrue to the system), but I do feel like Elder McConkie’s influence is on the wane, while what I perceive as President McKay’s influence is more influential with President Hinckley.

  4. Well, yeah, I mean, we all knew THAT… 😉

  5. It is an interesting dichotomy. MacKay was the PR machine who gave us mass communications, international temples, correlation and everything else the Hinckley seems to have taken to the next level. On the other hand, Prince concludes that all the modern church leaders have been “Clark-men” not “McKay-men.” So the answer is that McKay does have a lot of visionery influence, but little beurocratic influence (and this is a beurocracy).

    McConkie on the other hand established a brand of fundementalism that is only kept alive in CES. The church has abandoned all his prominant positions. We still have our Redelfs around, but Hinkley is definately not one of them.