Questions and Answers

We’ll be expanding this resource soon! In the meantime, here is some reading to get you started.


What are the Mormon scriptures?

Kathleen Flake, “The Bible Plus: The Four Books of Mormonism,” Christian Century, August 8, 2012

What do Mormons believe?

Mathew Bowman, “Why Is It So Hard to Figure Out What Mormons Believe?” Patheos, April 4, 2012

Terryl Givens, “Romney, Mormonism, and the American Compromise,” Sightings, February 16, 2012

How does Mormon thought shape Mormon practice?

Terryl Givens, “The Heavenly Logic of Proxy Baptism,” First Things, March 12, 2012

Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp, “A Mormon President? The LDS Difference,” Christian Century, August 21, 2007

Kathleen Flake, “How to Bury a Prophet,” Sightings, February 7, 2008

John Turner, “A Pageant of Mormon History and Mirth,” Wall Street Journal, July 19, 2012

What is central to Mormonism? What is peripheral?

Michael Otterson, “What Makes Mormons Tick?” On Faith, August 6, 2012

Adam Gopnik, “I, Nephi,” New Yorker, August 13, 2012

Craig Harline and Samuel Brown, “10 Things We Wish Everyone Knew About Mormons,” On Faith, December 1, 2014

Simon Critchley, “Why I Love Mormonism,” New York Times, September 16, 2012

How has Mormonism fared in American public life?

Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp, “The Long Approach to the ‘Mormon Moment,’” Religion & Politics, May 17, 2012

Spencer Fluhman, “Why We Fear Mormons,” New York Times, June 3, 2012

Joanna Brooks, “Mitt Romney and the Ghost of Anti-Mormonism,” Religion Dispatches, August 8, 2012

How have scholars approached Mormonism?

Jennifer Schuessler, “The Mormon Lens on American History,” New York Times, July 2, 2012

Max Perry Mueller, “Mormonism and the Problem of Jon Krakauer, Religion and Politics, July 14, 2015

What does international Mormonism look like?

Mary Jordan, “The New Face of Global Mormonism,” Washington Post, November 18, 2007