070-071: Patrick Mason — The Messiness of Mormon History, War and Peace, Mitt Romney, Cafeteria Mormonism…and More!

masonPatrick 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:

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”




  1. Gail Nicolaysen-Shurtleff

    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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