Under the Banner of Heaven—Jon Krakauer and Dustin Lance Black

62 Primary Sources

Nov 1, 1845

Willard Richards notifies the Church in Times and Seasons of the excommunication of William Smith on Oct 12, 1845 for having "turned away from the truth".

May 27, 1857

William Smith claims that his brother Samuel was likely poisoned by Brigham, and that Brigham may have removed potential successors.


Fawn Brodie reports that "it is said that Eli Johnson demanded that the prophet be castrated."

May 5, 1981

The Church states that the gospel is a gospel of peace.


J. Anderson defines and describes Mormon fundamentalism.

Oct 2001

The Met Museum outlines a brief history of the Crusades and Christian involvement in them.

Jan 1, 2003 - Dec 31, 2003

Sunstone hosts a podcast with David Hunter, Sage Johns, and Levi Peterson discussing Jon Krakauer's Under the Banner of Heaven.

Jun 8, 2003

Jon Krakauer connects Latter-day Saints to FLDS through a common founder and beliefs.

Jun 8, 2003

Jon Krakauer said that Joseph didn't respect other religions.


Jon Krakauer talks about the splintering of Mormonism and how it connects back to Joseph.


Jon Krakauer describes Joseph as being involved in "sexual recklessness" and compares him to Monica Lewinsky.


Jon Krakauer compares the marriage of Elizabeth Smart and Brian David Mitchell to the Mormon style of marriage.

Jun 8, 2003

Jon Krakauer described Joseph as being "a de facto emperor of his own autonomous city-state."

Jun 8, 2003

Jon Krakauer claims that Porter Rockwell tried to assassinate William Boggs.


Jon Krakauer wrote about how he acknowledged some of the errors Turley pointed out.

Jun 8, 2003

Jon Krakauer says that "Mormonism gradually ceased to be regarded as a crackpot sect."

Jun 8, 2003

Krakauer writes how "Mormonism is a patriarchal religion" where "dissent isn't tolerated."

Jun 8, 2003

Jon Krakauer wrote that "extremism seems to be especially prevalent among those inclined by temperament or upbringing towards religious pursuits."


Jon Krakauer says that "The Book of Mormon is riddled with egregious anachronisms and irreconcilable inconsistencies."


Jon Krakauer describes the Church as "resolutely antifeminist."

Jun 8, 2003

Jon Krakauer says that "there is a dark side to religious devotion that is too often ignored or denied."

Jun 27, 2003

The Church issues a response and reviews of Krakauer's book.

Jul 3, 2003

Jon Krakauer criticizes the Church's treatment of history and defends the historical elements of his book.

Jul 3, 2003

Jane Lampman reviews Under the Banner of Heaven and indicates that it misrepresents Latter-day Saints.

Jul 15, 2003

Kirkus gives Jon Krakauer a positive review of how he interweaves religious elements throughout the story.

Jul 20, 2003

Kirkham records Krakauer's response to the Latter-day Saint response to him.


Craig Foster considers Krakauer's book both anti-religion and anti-Mormon.

May 27, 2004

Dave Banack expresses that he likes Jon Krakauer's Under the Banner of Heaven.


Robert Boynton writes an article about Jon Krakauer; writes that he is an award-winning author and mentions achievements.

Oct 23, 2007

Jess Blumberg describes how Christianity fueled the Salem Witch trials.

Jun 2, 2009

Efrat Weiss reported how Rabbi Fruman criticized Jewish violence against Palestinians in Samaria.


Dustin Lance Black stars in 8: The Mormon Proposition.

Feb 20, 2012

Benjamin Park reviewed Under the Banner of Heaven and commented on how historically inaccurate he found it.

Feb 20, 2012

Benjamin Park highlights John Krakauer's ability to write well for public audiences.

Jul 30, 2012

S.O. Smoot criticizes the impact of Krakauer's Under the Banner of Heaven.


Joseph records in the Doctrine and Covenants that saints should renounce war and proclaim peace.


Jesus says in the Sermon on the Mount, "blessed are the peacemakers."


John Moore historicizes the rise of Islamic terrorism and key groups.

Jun 13, 2015

Karina Wetherbee praises Krakauer's writing style and storytelling.

Apr 20, 2016

Caroline Frost records Dustin Lance Black talking about his upbringing as a Latter-day Saint and work on Big Love.

Oct 4, 2017

Sant'Egidio documents how their community members contributed to peace in Mozambique.

Dec 7, 2017

Stockman and another unnamed woman leaves the Church after reading Krakauer's Under the Banner of Heaven.


Church Handbook states that they will excommunicate individuals for practicing plural marriage.

Jan 15, 2021

The Church condemns "violent and lawless behavior."

Mar 8, 2021

Jon Krakauer describes how the horrible perception of polygamy drove Mormons to abandon it.

Mar 8, 2021

Jon Krakauer describes how he thinks that religion "is the antithesis of reason."

Jun 24, 2021

Peter White reports that Jon Krakauer's Under the Banner of Heaven will be made into a limited series.

Oct 2021

Peace Insights lists majors achievements of the Interfaith Mediation Centre.


FX offered a synopsis of the miniseries.

Mar 29, 2022

Black says "deep dive" into LDS religion produces comedy or horror.

Apr 25, 2022

Jana Riess describes the miniseries as missing a world of nuance.

Apr 25, 2022

Andrew Garfield states that he met with current and former members of the Church to research his role.

Apr 25, 2022

Ben Park reviews the Under the Banner of Heaven miniseries.

Apr 25, 2022

Hal Boyd critiques the production of the miniseries.

Apr 27, 2022

Jon Krakauer states that the Church did not teach about polygamy until 2014.

Apr 28, 2022

Jon Krakauer stated that he wrote Under the Banner of Heaven because his Latter-day Saint friends "ghosted" him.

Apr 28, 2022

Dustin Lance Black states he "did [his] research and. . .[got] this thing right."

Apr 29, 2022

Black says LDS Church has itself to blame for negative response to the show.

May 4, 2022

Jana Riess discusses inaccuracies in "Under the Banner of Heaven" in its portrayal of Brigham Young's involvement in Joseph Smith's death.

May 5, 2022

Daryl Austin describes how the miniseries depicts Latter-day Saint poorly.

May 11, 2022

Deseret News interviews murder victim Brenda Lafferty's sister Sharon Wright Weeks about accuracy of miniseries.

May 19, 2022

Max Mueller describes the miniseries as misogynistic.