Jon Krakauer's new title, Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith, probably will ignite a firestorm of angry rebuttals from Mormons when it arrives in stores Tuesday. They will see the well-researched and evenhanded book as an attack on their lifestyle and profound faith.
Heaven uses the murder of a young Mormon wife, Brenda Lafferty, and her 15-month-old daughter in 1984 as a launchpad to probe the roots of all religious faith and the extremes to which it can be taken. Lafferty and her child were killed by her brothers-in-law in revenge because she resisted their fanatic faith, a renegade form of Mormonism not sanctioned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This included a terrifying level of wifely submission.
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