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Mormonism and politics

posted by Dave Banack

At the Boston Globe, journalist Michael Paulson reports on a recent conference held at Utah Valley University on “Mormonism in the Public Mind.” The talks Paulson summarized were largely about Mormonism and politics.

The public vents

posted by Dave Banack

When the going gets tough … find a convenient scapegoat. Not that AIG execs likely deserve their bonuses, but it sure seems like the collective venting going on is just the release of bottled up frustration and anger about the […]

Why I like Harry Reid

posted by Dave Banack

See “The paradox of Harry Reid’s position” at the LA Times. It’s not his tax and spend (and spend and spend) politics that I like. It’s the fact that, as a Mormon and highly visible Democratic leader of the U.S. […]

No LDS position on Illinois marriage bill

posted by Dave Banack

LDS Public Affairs released the following statement today correcting media reports about LDS involvement in reactions to a bill being considered by the Illinois legislature. As is widely known, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes in the […]

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The meanings of Zion
This is the third post on Richard L. Bushman's Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2008). [See Part 1 and Part 2.] In Chapter Three, Bushman reviews the several meanings of the term "Zion" in LDS doctrine and thinking. The Mormon sense of Zion has no real parallels in Protestant though

posted 11:00:37pm Jul. 29, 2009 | read full post »

A statistical portrait of Mormons
The Pew Forum recently issued a detailed summary of survey information about Mormons gathered as part of a much larger survey of religious life in the United States. It is a very readable summary, noting that Mormons comprise 1.7% of adults in the US; 35% of Mormon adults live in Utah and 13% live i

posted 12:33:08pm Jul. 29, 2009 | read full post »

July 24th: Pioneer Day in Utah
July 24th is a state holiday in Utah, designated Pioneer Day. It commemorates the entry of the first wagon train of Mormons into the Salt Lake Valley in the summer of 1847. They came down Emigration Canyon, somewhat north of the present I-80 corridor which comes down Parley's Canyon. Brigham Young w

posted 5:38:50pm Jul. 23, 2009 | read full post »

Finding heretics in strange places
A very interesting post at Mormon Matters, reviewing a 1989 book titled "Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up?" The book was written by an attorney who grew up a Jehovah's Witness, then became an Evangelical Christian. That lasted until he conducted a thorough reading the original writings of the

posted 6:27:09pm Jul. 22, 2009 | read full post »


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