Does anyone know how much anti-Mormon material is out there?
When I was a missionary back in 1995, I taught a man in a remote city in Brazil. He had been looking for “the right religion” to join for years. He had gone to every church he could find, even the one that drank something hallucinogenic and had “visions”. Then he started talking to us Mormons. What convinced him to join the LDS Church? Well, primarily it was a lot of study and prayer, but he mentioned something else that has stuck in my mind. He said that when he was doing his church tour, he was always supported by his family, friends, and even by the clergy of the various churches. They would praise him for studying, researching, and searching, even when it wasn’t their own church he was going to, or even after he had rejected their religion. But as soon as he started talking to the Mormons, everyone turned against him. He received visits from the ministers, clergy, and leaders of every church in town. His family and friends discouraged him. His wife turned against him. He said “I had never encountered any resistance from anyone while going to other churches, even the one that had their members doing drugs. Then all hell breaks loose when I start talking to you guys. I figured I must be on to something.”
And when it comes to anti-Mormon material, be it printed or online, I’ve seen a ton of it. I’m constantly impressed at how much effort is put into “proving” the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, LDS Church, etc. to be false. But of course my perspective is limited. Could it be that there is more anti-Mormon activity per Mormon than there is of any other religion? Are there as many websites dedicated to proving the Catholic Church to be false? Do people go to such lengths to point out the perceived faults of Islam or Judaism? There has got to be some research on this somewhere.