I'm looking at this more from the perspective of we being one tiny bunch of Christians among all Christians tasked with saving the whole world as opposed to the us vs. them or minority church. One of the things Bushman said (it's in the last quote of the OP) was "The ultimate good end of cosmopolitanism is to recognize that the work of God is going to be handled by the 99.9% of the population that’s not Mormon. It can’t just be this tiny speck of a church." My old guard friends tend to espouse the idea that our responsibility as the one true church and possessors of the restored gospel is to save the whole world and everyone who has ever lived on it. I think the more cosmopolitan view (which matches mine) is that responsibility is not ours alone and, as indicated by Bushman, probably not mostly ours - other Christians will do most of the "saving" work of God. To me the idea that this tiny somewhat insignificant church could possibly save the world is frankly pretty absurd - but I know people in my ward who wholeheartedly believe that and would call me a heretic for thinking otherwise. So it's not so much the persecution/minority complex as it is the idea that we are one of many churches doing the same thing - spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. What I was trying to say in my previous post was that I don't think most conservative/orthodox members are at that point of thinking we are in that position (one of many instead of sole proprietors) nor do I think the average "floater"* member recognizes that concept. So it's not so much us vs. them as it is a recognition that we're part of something much bigger than we are - cosmopolitans.AmyJ wrote: ↑05 Jan 2021, 08:15NOTE: I think that we tend to stereotype it as "us vs them" only or "one of many" viewpoints only - but I am not sure that is accurate. I think that the majority of the saints embrace the paradox of both viewpoints - it is a case of "Everyone is out to get us AND we are only one of many minority religions out there". And unless you are in leadership or a faith transition or know someone in a faith transition (or all of the above), there isn't a huge need to try to bridge both world views.
*Floater member is a newish term for me. It's really for lack of a better term, but floater members are there most Sundays but really haven't paid much attention to how things have changed around them. The old frog in the pot analogy works in this case (except that analogy really is faulty - real frogs do recognize it's getting warmer and jump out). The floater member is more likely to quote Spencer Kimball than Dieter Uchtdorf and probably hasn't read anything published by the likes of Bushman or Givens. She's more likely to testify "I know the church/gospel is true" than "I know Jesus Christ is my Savior." They're just going along with the flow like they have for 20 or 30 years - floating. I don't think they're evil or malicious, but they really don't know much about the church or the gospel and exist in a state of ignorant bliss. They're just there.