Observations On Organized Religions And The Uses Of Power

Since all collective organizations inevitably generate and exercise power, some inquiry into the basis of LDS power seems germane. More specifically, what is the nature of the Mormon priesthood? Does the Church enjoy a unique authorization to act for God? Beyond the obvious function of the priesthood as a mechanism for Church governance, does it embody spiritual power unavailable to non-Mormons, and to women? Are there other “power tools” the Church employs to compel the hearts and minds of its members?

H. Wayne Schow, Michael J. Stevens