The Virtue of the Mormon Afterlife

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Mormonism just rose in my estimation. I was talking to Joanna Brooks--a Mormon who writes the Ask Mormon Girl advice column and is the author of The Book of Mormon Girl-- when conversation turned to the afterlife. The news she brought was good even for us non-Mormons:

I'm not just being facetious here. I do think there's something deeply laudable about a doctrine of universal salvation. The word "virtue" in the headline of this post is meant literally.

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Robert Wright is the author of, most recently, the New York Times bestseller The Evolution of God and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic. More

Wright is also a fellow at the New America Foundation and editor in chief of Bloggingheads.tv. His other books include Nonzero, which was named a New York Times Book Review Notable Book in 2000 and included on Fortune magazine's list of the top 75 business books of all-time. Wright's best-selling book The Moral Animal was selected as one of the ten best books of 1994 by The New York Times Book Review.Wright has contributed to The Atlantic for more than 20 years. He has also contributed to a number of the country's other leading magazines and newspapers, including: The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, Time, and Slate, and the op-ed pages of The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Financial Times. He is the recipient of a National Magazine Award for Essay and Criticism and his books have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

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