Thursday, 22 March 2012

examples of terror management theory usage in mormonism

this will be an ongoing post about the use of terror management theory in mormonism.

Terror Management Theory (TMT), in social psychology, states that human behavior is mostly motivated by the fear of mortality.
this is about motivating people and reinforcing doctrines by using fear of death (also punishment, pain, etc)

Like the refugees on The African Queen, we are fleeing evil and disaster. There are obstacles all around us

"The Coming Tests and Trials and Glory", Elder Bruce R. McConkie, Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, 1980
We see evil forces everywhere uniting to destroy the family, to ridicule morality and decency, to glorify all that is lewd and base. We see wars and plagues and pestilence. Nations rise and fall. Blood and carnage and death are everywhere. Gadianton robbers fill the judgment seats in many nations. An evil power seeks to overthrow the freedom of all nations and countries. Satan reigns in the hearts of men; it is the great day of his power. ...The way ahead is dark and dreary and dreadful. There will yet be martyrs; the doors in Carthage shall again enclose the innocent. We have not been promised that the trials and evils of the world will entirely pass us by.

* "The Lord God of the Restoration", Elder Bruce R. McConkie, Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, 1980
Men in our time will never find peace, or safety, or salvation in the world. Wars and plagues and desolation shall continue to sweep the earth as with a flood. 

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