Four years ago May 7th, the offficial newsroom of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints made the following announcement:
“…Some doctrines are more important than others and might be considered core doctrines. For example, the precise location of the Garden of Eden is far less important than doctrine about Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice. The mistake that public commentators often make is taking an obscure teaching that is peripheral to the Church’s purpose and placing it at the very center.”
I see their point, and I confess that in my article on Huffington Post declaring the Mormon Eden “not the strangest out there,” I am guilty. But I have to say: the Mormon response to said defense of their Eden was very kind and positive.