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Patrick Mason in Deseret News regarding his new book ‘Planted’

Author writes 'Planted' intended to help those struggling with doubts By Trent Toone Deseret News, February 20, 2016 At a time when some members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are dealing with doubts and uncertainty about their faith, a nationally recognized religion professor and active Mormon has published a book intended…
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Patrick Mason on Trib Talk: New Mormon Faith Crisis?

A new Mormon faith crisis? by Jennifer Napier-Pearce Trib Talk, Feb. 16, 2016 Through books, essays and exhibits, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has become more open in recent years about its complicated history. But are these efforts bolstering the faithful or sowing seeds of doubt? On Tuesday Feb. 16, 2016, historian…
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Patrick Mason article in Religion & Politics: Capital Punishment

For Mormons, a Contested Legacy on Capital Punishment By Patrick Q. Mason Religion & Politics, January 19, 2016 Over the past century and a half, numerous authors, from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to Jon Krakauer, have been fascinated—and horrified—by the nineteenth-century Mormon teaching of “blood atonement.” Particularly during the Mormon Reformation of 1856-57, in which…
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Patrick Mason on Radio West: “Bundy-Style Mormonism”

Bundy-Style Mormonism with Doug Fabrizio Radio West, January 14, 2016 In early January 2016, an armed militia entered and took over a wildlife refuge in Burns, Oregon in protest to what they perceived to be the unfair persecution of ranchers by the federal government. Many of the leaders and members of the group, including Ammon and Ryan Bundy, were practicing members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. Many of the militia members who have spoken to the press expressed Mormon ideas, quoting the Book of Mormon and expressing belief in personal revelation. Patrick Mason (Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University) appeared on NPR to discuss the occupation. Mason noted that style of Mormonism presented by members of the militia is a radical strain as the mainstream church seeks to be “subjects of kings and presidents and honor and obey and sustain the law. That’s been the ethos of modern Mormonism.” Indeed, the Mormon members in the occupation draw on “certain resources in the religion,” while ignoring others, in order to justify actions. For the full story:
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