Thursday, June 07, 2007

richard bushman fields questions from journalists

The article on The Pew Forum is titled "Mormonism and Democratic Politics: Are They Compatible?" but few of the questions Richard Bushman fields from a group of journalists have much to do with democratic politics. Richard Bushman is a devout Mormon and author of a biography of Joseph Smith, Rough Stone Rolling. He is history professor emeritus of Columbia University.

Fascinating stuff.


dave said...

That was fascinating. Thank you for sharing it.

Auntie Lee said...

Sounds like those guys need to get their butts out of the U.S.. The church is spread throughout the whole world. The relationship between politics and the church is completely different in other countries.
Is this guy a member? I ask because the church says it is a church of God -not a church of America. He could come here to Europe and talk with members here. He will be surprised. What is political and what isn't is different here. Many issues Americans put into the political arena are not here.

Oops, wait a minute. I forgot. America IS the world.

ave said...

You have some great points Lee. Bushman's interview is very, very long, I skimmed a lot of it. At the end he states that he is an active member of the LDS church. I think that the article is much more pertinant to American LDS people, as much of the focus was about Mitt Romney and his faith. Sometimes I wish that we would stop voting out of emotion, and just get the job done with a "no nonesense" type of business man who will clean up all of our country's financial problems. Let the states worry about the social issues.

ML said...

I met Dr. Bushman when I worked for the History Dept. at BYU back in the early 80's. I thought the article was fascinating and made some points that really made me think. I also think we need to be careful not to take his comments out of the context of the audience to which they were addressed. Casey and I stayed up until 2 A.M. reading this--thanks for the link.