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 [...]

The Atlantic: “When Mormons Aspired to Be a ‘White and Delightsome’ People”

Over at the Atlantic, the great Emma Green (who, along with Peggy Fletcher Stack, are the best religion beat writers working today), profiled Race and the Making of the Mormon People.  So many recent events in American life have been a call for the country to grapple with its legacy of racism and white supremacy, including the violence in [...]