Complicating Mormonism

Jul 8 2012 @ 2:57pm

The Dish recently noted that Mormonism sees the "the US Constitution as an integral part of the divine order." But it turns out Mormon patriotism has a more complex past than you might think:

Many of those Latter-day Saints pushing American exceptionalism “forget the Book of Mormon is a tale of woe about America, full of warnings,” says American religion scholar Kathleen Flake, who teaches at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. “They’ve completely lost the sensibility of first-generation Mormons who believed that America was indicted for having killed the prophet (Smith).”

Recent Dish coverage of Mormonism here, here, and here.