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In the Mormon Church, All Atheists Go to Heaven

Culture

In the Mormon Church, All Atheists Go to Heaven

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While belief in the afterlife has all but died at the hands of the acetic, free- thinking devotees of science, the Church of the Latter Day Saints has devised a cunning, if not twisted, counterattack:  tasteful conversions of the dead, facilitated through a live stand-in who is baptized in their stead.

A decade after his death in 1992, the media is just now sinking their remorseless teeth into the story of Edward Davies, Mitt Romney’s father-in-law and the steadfast atheist who refused Mormonism even as all of his family members were dropping like flies (to the religion, that is). His hereafter has certainly been a busy one: after his death in Florida and his burial in Michigan, Davies was formally baptized amongst numerous family members in Salt Lake City, UT in 1993. While these posthumous conversions will take some getting used to, they certainly confirm the LDS devotion to life after death, or at least, choice after death.

Perhaps the Spirit World is rife with missionaries, their pressed shirt-pockets firmly clutching the word of God. In the meantime, skeptics may insist the late Davies had nothing to do with his sudden conversion, while others can rejoice in the possibility that even atheists can go to heaven.