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Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

    2017-October-18  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

In 1984, Ron and Dan Lafferty murdered the wife and infant daughter of their younger brother Allen. The crimes were noteworthy not merely for their brutality* but for the brothers’ claim* that they were acting on direct orders from God. In “Under the Banner of Heaven,” Jon Krakauer tells the story of the killers and their crime and also explores the shadowy* world of Mormon fundamentalism from which the two emerged.

The Mormon Church was founded, in part, on the idea that true believers could speak directly with God. But while the mainstream church attempted to be more palatable* to the general public by rejecting the controversial tenet* of polygamy*, fundamentalist splinter groups saw this as apostasy* and took to the hills to live what they believed to be a righteous life.

When their beliefs are challenged or their cult-like order defied, these still-active groups, according to Krakauer, are capable of fighting back with tremendous violence.

While Krakauer’s research into the history of the church is admirably extensive, the real power of the book comes from present-day information, notably jailhouse interviews with Dan Lafferty. Far from being the brooding maniac* one might expect, Lafferty is coherent*, still insisting that his motive was merely to obey God’s command.

Krakauer’s accounts of the murders are disturbing, but such detail makes the brothers’ claim of divine instruction all the more horrifying.

The book is available at online bookstores like jd.com.

(SD-Agencies)

 

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