The imminent selection of Mormon Mitt Romney as the Republican Candidate in the next presidential election in the USA has given rise to the so called “Mormon Moment”. Suddenly Mormons and Mormonism is in the news.
This is “a strange convergence of developments offering Mormons hope that the Christian nation that persecuted, banished or killed them in the 19th century will finally love them as fellow Christians, ” says David V Mason.
“I want to be on record about this. I’m about as genuine a Mormon as you’ll find,” he says, “a templegoer with a Utah pedigree and an administrative position in a congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am also emphatically not a Christian.”
Mason says believing in the divinity of Jesus does not make Mormons Christian by default.
While Mormons and Christians do share this belief in the divinity of Jesus, there is not much in common in what they believe about the nature of that Divinity.
Dr. David V. Mason is an associate professor of theater at Rhodes College, Memphis.
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