Patrick Mason currently holds the Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University in California. He is the author of one book (The Mormon Menace) and co-editor of one other (War and Peace in Our Time), with more in the works. He is a recognized expert on the intersection of religion and politics, as well as a scholar of religion as it relates to issues of war and peace.
In this two-part series, I sit down with Patrick to talk about a myriad of fascinating topics:
In Part 1 we talk about:
- His background in Mormon studies
- The messiness of Mormon history
- Elder Russell M. Nelson’s recent conference address and how it relates to his upcoming biography on Ezra Taft Benson
In Part 2 we tackle:
- Mormonism and politics, including Mitt Romney
- Public relations and the church
- Mormon concepts of war and peace (and how we can be better at promoting the latter)
- and finally, I’ll talk to him about his awesome blog post that talks about embracing “cafeteria Mormonism”
I beg to differ in regards to apostles we are long over due for both a Latin and Asian leaders. The church is well established in these areas. The U.S. needs to get off its high horse.
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