Three (More) Thoughts on Flake, the Future of the Anti-Trump GOP, and Mormonism

I had the pleasure of talking with Laurie Goodstein, the New York Times' great "religion beat" writer about the Mormon resonances in Arizona Senator Jeff Flake's remarkable speech from the Senate floor this past Tuesday. I have three more thoughts about it: First, the Senator gave the most forceful and formal public rebuke of Trump and Trumpism [...]

Ben Park’s Review of ‘Race and the Making of the Mormon People’

My friend and colleague Ben Park reviewed Race and the Making of the Mormon People at the Junto blog on early American history. (Ben's new book,  American Nationalisms: Imagining Union in an Age of Revolutions, looks very promising). Though I'm both a historian and a "religious studies scholar," that's the end of my quibbling with Ben's thoughtful review! Relatedly, [...]

Flunking Sainthood: The Book of Mormon and racial reconciliation

I had the great pleasure of talking with the great Jana Riess (of Twible and Flunking Sainthood fame) at Religion News Service. RNS: You say that the earliest Mormons had a “vision of restorative racial universalism” that shows up in the Book of Mormon’s ideal that the Lamanites will acquire white skin when they become righteous. Mueller: For [...]

Martin Marty (!) Writes on “Race and the Making of the Mormon People”

I'm going to pretend it was the book itself--and not the pull of Emma Green and the Atlantic--that got Martin Marty (let me repeat that MARTIN MARTY) to write about Race and the Making of the Mormon People.  But at Sightings, the University of Divinity School's online journal for religion in public life, Marty, the most influential historian [...]