Mitt Romney, Mormonism, and the Tensions of an “American Religion”

Udo Keppler, "The Real Objection to Smoot," Puck Magazine (1905). When Apostle Reed Smoot was elected to the senate, there was much debate over how the LDS Church would infiltrate the government.

Various pundits, including no less a figure than Leo Tolstoy and Harold Bloom, have dubbed Mormonism a distinct—or, even further, the quintessential—American religion. Yet the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has long maintained a tenuous relationship with the United States, much of which has been and will continue to be featured during Mitt Romney’s presidential run. While some have emphasized the “American-ness” of Romney’s religion, others have mused on the perceived chasm between t … [Read more...]

A Peculiar People

For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God, and the Lord hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth. - Deuteronomy 14:2 (KJV)But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. - 1 Peter 2:9 (KJV)There are still those who regard us as a peculiar people. Let us accept that as a … [Read more...]