By Robert Benne and Gerald R. McDermott
Evangelicals who have had concerns about Mitt Romney’s Mormonism, and who comprise a large portion of Republican voters, should consider Romney’s religion a positive in this election.
One of their concerns has been that Mormonism is non-Christian. They think this election will force them to choose between the nation and the gospel.
Are they right? Simply put, no. There is no Mormonization of America coming, and, in fact, though there are differences, the basic values of both Mormons and evangelical Christians are in sync.
The God of the Latter-Day Saints is different from the God of traditional Christian orthodoxy. Mormons reject the Trinity and the traditional Christian doctrine that God created the world from nothing. Latter-Day Saints believe that God reordered eternal pre-existing matter.
Benne, of Salem, is the author of “Good and Bad Ways to Think About Religion and Politics.” McDermott, of Salem, is co-author of “Evangelicals and Mormons: Exploring the Boundaries.”