The “Mormon Moment” may well be — probably is — over. Certainly its greatest intensity is past for the foreseeable future. So I’m likely too late in bringing this item to mention. But then, I only heard about it late last week, and I was on the road, and quite busy, in Indiana for several days immediately thereafter.
Nonetheless, there may still be some value in it.
Most people in the United States, and certainly most journalists, still know relatively little about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, its history, and its doctrines. The Mormon Moment was created as an ebook ($2.99) by the (non-LDS) Religion News Service in a bid to help remedy that situation, which still persists even after Mitt Romney’s defeat.
Put together out of already-published journalism on the Church and its place in American life, The Mormon Moment is largely the product of Daniel Burke, the associate editor and national correspondent at Religion News Service. Burke, a graduate of Georgetown University who holds an M.A. in religious studies from Columbia University in New York City and an M.S. from the Columbia School of Journalism, won the American Academy of Religion’s award for Best In-Depth Reporting on Religion in 2010. Additional material comes from Peggy Fletcher Stack, who has been producing stories for the Salt Lake Tribune’s “Faith” section for nearly two decades, and from the Tribune‘s Washington correspondent, Matt Canham. Jana Riess contributed an interesting foreword.
While I’m at it, I might also mention Robert L. Millett and Noel B. Reynolds, eds., Latter-day Christianity: 10 Basic Issues, which was published by FARMS (the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies) way back in 1998, when the Southern Baptist Convention was on its way to hold its annual national meeting in Salt Lake City with the express goal of targeting Mormons for conversion to Christianity(c). It was a collaborative effort by several of us; I, for example, wrote chapters one and five. Whereas (although I think it well worth a quick read and certainly worthy of perusal by journalists and opinion-makers) the materials in The Mormon Moment are likely to have a rather short shelf life that is probably already moving toward expiration, the essays in Latter-day Christianity will continue to be relevant for a very long time:
1) Are Latter-day Saints Christian?
2) What do Latter-day Saints believe about God?
3) Do Latter-day Saints believe in the Bible and biblical Christianity?
4) Does God speak to his children in ways other than through the Bible?
5) Do Latter-day Saints believe that men and women can become Gods?
6) What do Latter-day Saints mean when they say that God was once a man?
7) What do Latter-day Saints believe a person must do to be saved?
8) Do the doctrines and practices of the LDS Church change?
9) Ho do Latter-day Saints believe they should live their lives?
10) Why do Latter-day Saints try to convert others?