Claremont Graduate University’s Founding President James Blaisdell once wrote that “the center of a college is in great conversation.”
We believe this rings true today, and we’re committed to keeping the Flame burning. Welcome to The Campfire, a podcast showcasing CGU’s diverse community of scholars, their innovative research, and the great conversations taking place on campus.
Episode 1: A Historian’s Take on Mormonism with Patrick Mason
May 26, 2017
For the first episode of The Campfire, we interview Claremont Graduate University Professor of Religion Patrick Mason, an accomplished scholar and authority on the topic of Mormonism. Mason examines Mormonism’s humble beginnings, as well as more complicated topics such as the politics surrounding the religion and how it has developed over time. He compares Mormonism to other religious minorities, exploring the paradox of a religion creating violence while searching for peace.
Mason also provides personal nuance, touching on the question of what it takes to be both a scholar and a Mormon and balance faith with the pursuit of knowledge.
[04:05] Growing up Mormon
[07:50] History of Mormonism
[10:20] Mormonism’s differences from other branches of Christianity
[12:30] Who is Mormon?
[16:38] Mormonism revised
[22:30] How social media has changed Mormonism
[28:06] Mormonism as a religious minority
[35:50] The paradox of why religion engenders violence
[39:13] Why Mormonism is so popular in America
Mentioned in this episode:
Patrick Mason, Dean, School of Arts & Humanities, Associate Professor of Religion, Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies
Mormon Studies Council at CGU
Department of Religion at CGU
The Mormon Menace: Violence and Anti-Mormonism in the Postbellum South
The Ambivalence of the Sacred by Scott Appleby
Patrick Mason’s contact information:
Twitter feed: @PatrickQMason
Episode 0: Welcome to The Campfire
May 11, 2017
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