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Isn’t the church “true” in a pragmatic sense?

The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy explains pragmatism as follows:

Pragmatism is a philosophical movement that includes those who claim that an ideology or proposition is true if it works satisfactorily, that the meaning of a proposition is to be found in the practical consequences of accepting it, and that unpractical ideas are to be rejected.

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy – Pragmatism

Studies have shown that there are many benefits to being a Latter-day Saint such as feeling more attached to communities and neighbors, lower cancer rates, living longer than the general population, being the most likely to marry, have children, and less likely to divorce, having a higher well-being, being more financially stable than the general population, having many more close friends than other Americans, being significantly more likely than the population overall to have some college education, and having youth with lower rates of delinquent and immoral behavior.

Does this make the restored gospel “true”? What else is there to a good life?


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