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Published on May 8, 2012
In 2001, Newsweek magazine first coined the term "Mormon moment" to refer to the LDS Church's sudden thrust into the spotlight. The Mormons have flitted in and out of the national consciousness since the community's founding in the 19th century, according to Matthew Bowman, Professor of Religion at Hampden-Sydney College, but Mitt Romney's campaign for the presidency may be the biggest Mormon moment yet.
Professor Bowman is the author of the recently released The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith and an expert on American religious history. In this Faith Complex, he explores what Romney's Mormonism means for his presidential bid, and what the Romney campaign means for Mormons. Will secular liberals and conservative Evangelicals vote for a Mormon candidate? And what about African-Americans? This is a fascinating, dynamic interview you shouldn't miss.