Noah Feldman, professor of law at Harvard University studies the connection between religion and government and recently penned an article in the New York Times entitled “What Is It About Mormonism?” Feldman examines the history of Mormonism in the United States and creates new language for our discussions, such as ’soft secrecy’ and ‘soft bigotry.’ The article was quickly enamored by the Mormon blogging community.
On Jan 15, 2008 Doug Fabrizio at KUER Radio West interviewed Noah Feldman (total time 52:14) with Ken Verdoia joining in the second half-hour. Another treat is that Professor Feldman takes calls from listeners and responds. I love the interchange between academics and the average caller. Here are a few highlights from the program. Read more…
Blake Ostler was interviewed by Interfaith Voices on May 31, 2007. Ostler’s interview comprises the first 27 minutes (listen to audio and mp3). The original topic is Mitt Romney’s candidacy. However, before this topic is discussed, Ostler is asked to explain the position of the Church on polygamy, homosexuality, abortion, and whether a Mormon politician would be required to hold political positions in conformity with Church doctrine, the view of the trinity in Mormon theology, and differences between Mormons and other Christian faiths such as Catholics and Protestants. Ostler is also asked to explain the Book of Mormon, explain baptism for the dead.
Ravi Zacharias spoke at the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City to an audience of 6000 back in November 2004. Zacharias doesn’t come out directly and say he endorses Romney’s candidacy, but he does seem to leave the door open to the possibility.