Wednesday, April 25, 2007
USA Today on Rising Mormon Publicity
Yesterday's USA Today includes a story on the rising presence of Mormonism in the public square: "Mormon story opens up." A brief piece, it focuses on the two new productions I have mentioned before--September Dawn and The Mormons (the PBS special). I definitely plan on watching both. In any case, I look forward to the increasing discussion on Mormon history and contemporary life. Here is the report's introduction:

In their 180-year history, Mormons have evolved from a reviled and persecuted people in exile to a religious group that produces top leaders in business and politics.

New films, books and the presidential campaign of Mormon Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, are bringing Mormonism into sharper focus on the national scene. The question: Will closer examination hasten society's embrace of this group or reinforce longstanding fears?

"We tend to use elections as a way to hold national seminars on religion," says Alan Wolfe, director of the Boisi Center for Religion & American Public Life at Boston College. The candidacies of John F. Kennedy and Sen. Joe Lieberman triggered "seminars" on Catholicism and Orthodox Judaism.

"This is our seminar moment for Mormonism," Wolfe says.

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At 5:15 PM, Blogger Arthur Sido said...

I guess the real issue is what version of the mormon story we get, the sanitized, Salt Lake City approved version or the real, historical story, warts and all.

 
At 1:29 AM, Blogger ryanbyrd said...

Did you watch the film? what did you think?

 
At 1:32 PM, Blogger John said...

Ryan,

It opens this weekend, but I have finals next week! So, I'm hoping to watch it next Saturday. We'll see if I can fit it in my hectic schedule!

 

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