Examining the claims of Jonathan Neville and the Heartland movement

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Jonathan Neville: A tool in the hands of our enemies

On Sunday, March 26, 2023, Jonathan Neville did a livestream interview with Kerry Shirts, a former member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who is now a fervant critic of the restored gospel.
In a blog post, Neville described Shirts as a “great guy” who focuses “more on understanding others’ points of view than on arguing about who is correct.”

“I’m happy to see this type of openness and recognition of multiple working hypotheses,” he continued. “Maybe someday even LDS [sic] apologists will adopt this approach?”

My guess is that Jonathan Neville didn’t bother to do any research ahead of time to see who Kerry Shirts is and what he’s written and said about the Church of Jesus Christ. He’s a frequent contributor on the Discuss Mormonism message board, where he’s posted nearly 4,000 times under the username “Philo Sofee.” You can read all of his posts at this link; I will let you, the reader, determine for yourself what he thinks about “understanding others” instead of “arguing about who is correct.”

What Neville doesn’t grasp is that, to Kerry Shirts and others like him, the ideas of Heartlanders are so ridiculous that they aren’t worth arguing about; rather, they are convenient tools for making the Church and its claims look bad. To them, Neville is just a chump who can be manipulated to mock and tear down “Mormonism” and everything related to it.

—Peter Pan (Mike Parker)

(Since I know Kerry Shirts personally and that he reads this blog: Hi, Kerry; it’s been a long time. I’m sorry you’re no longer a believer in the restored gospel of Christ, but I hope you’re happy and fulfilled.)


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