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Religion Misrepresented: Under the Banner of Heaven
A book called Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer was published in 2003. It has now been made into a miniseries by FX Productions, and is available for streaming on Hulu. In spite of the miniseries’ tagline “Uncover Buried Truths,” this fictitious work is only loosely based on actual events. This page will be updated with resources to address the misinformation and misrepresentations in this series. Please also visit resources for each episode, below, as they become available.
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- Under the Banner of Heaven: Fact vs Fiction by Scott Gordon
- FAIR Response to Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
- Reflections on Mountain Meadows by Richard E. Turley, given at the 2007 FAIR Conference
- The Krakauer Journal by Allen Wyatt
- Faulty History: A Review of Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Richard E. Turley
“Under the Banner of Heaven” is not only a slap in the face of modern Latter-day Saints but also a misrepresentation of religion in general. – Robert L. Millet
This book is not history, and Krakauer is no historian. He is a storyteller who cuts corners to make the story sound good. – Mike Otterson
Although the book may appeal to gullible persons who rise to such bait like trout to a fly hook, serious readers who want to understand Latter-day Saints and their history need not waste their time on it. – Richard E. Turley Jr.
[H]is obvious biases against both religion in general and the Church of Jesus Christ in particular have made the book nothing more than a flawed, sensationalistic work… – Craig L. Foster