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Mormon History

Mormons Aim To Address Messy Parts Of Church History

Salt Lake Tribune | Peggy Fletcher Stack | Posted 03.09.2015 | Religion

SALT LAKE CITY — Mormonism begins with a simple story of heavenly manifestations. A 19th-century farm boy in upstate New York prays in a thicket ...

Different Christian Responses To The Challenges Of Lifetime Tenure

Gregory A. Prince, Ph.D. | Posted 04.22.2013 | Religion
Gregory A. Prince, Ph.D.

The enormous increase in life expectancy that medical science has achieved in the past century has been a mixed blessing. Declining function has been a particular concern for three Christian churches whose top leaders had traditionally served until death.

Exile Or Eden? Conflicting Mormon HIstories

Terryl L. Givens | Posted 04.03.2013 | Religion
Terryl L. Givens

In the afterglow of Romney's respectable showing, one finds unease among some in the ranks of Mormons. They ask: Is distinctness or integration the greater burden?

The Mountain Meadows Massacre Revisited

John G. Turner | Posted 12.18.2012 | Religion
John G. Turner

In September 1857, the church that now fascinates a nation experienced one of its darkest moments. At Mountain Meadows, deep in southern Utah, a group of Mormon militiamen slaughtered 120 unarmed non-Mormon emigrants.

Why No One Cares About The White Jesus Of Mitt Romney’s Mormonism

Paul Harvey | Posted 11.09.2012 | Religion
Paul Harvey

Jeremiah Wright's sermons about a black Jesus killed by white Romans nearly derailed his former parishioner Barack Obama's candidacy. The white Jesus of Mitt Romney's Mormon culture, by contrast, has raised no cultural firestorm. It is hardly even noticed.

Why I Fell In Love With Joseph Smith But Couldn't Commit To Mormonism

Jane Barnes | Posted 11.05.2012 | Religion
Jane Barnes

It was Joseph's ingenuity and rebelliousness that had drawn me in, and his religious vision that had brought me to the precipice. Since that's what I'd come for, I knew I could not stay.

Introducing The 55 Wives Of Brigham Young

John G. Turner | Posted 10.27.2012 | Religion
John G. Turner

Brigham Young was probably the most oft-married man in 19th-century America. But the sheer variety of his marriages makes it difficult to make sense of them.

5 Things You Should Know About Mormonism

Matthew Bowman | Posted 04.09.2012 | Religion
Matthew Bowman

It is a mistake to assume that Mormonism is a monolithic whole. Like any faith the Mormon tradition includes within it a wide range of theological opinion.

Latter-Day Saints 101: How Much Do You Know About Mormons? (QUIZ)

Posted 08.22.2011 | Religion

With Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman launching their 2012 presidential campaigns and "The Book of Mormon" the Best Musical on Broadway this year, an unpr...

I've Been To The Mormon Garden Of Eden, And It's Not What You Think

Brook Wilensky-Lanford | Posted 06.11.2011 | Religion
Brook Wilensky-Lanford

Every vision of the Garden of Eden is different, and the Mormon Garden of Eden is not about abundant natural beauty. Even Joseph Smith himself knew Missouri wasn't perfect.