Will the Mormons save America?

Speaking of Mormons, Slate‘s Joshua Levin is arguing that it’s the Mormons, most likely, who will go on to preserve America’s traditions, values, and language after her inevitable collapse.

Actually, this sounds right on.  While you’d think that evangelicals would be obvious pick, we are actually a pretty fractured group with lots of varied opinions.  Mormons tend to be a little more homogenous of a group.  I could see their leadership surviving any fracturing of America, maybe even issuing a sort of “Law of Return” much like Israel’s.  Can you imagine?  Any Mormon could have free entry and residence in the future country of Deseret/Utah.  The exile/return paradigm offers a lot of promise for this kind of thing.

But moreover, since Mormons believe that the U.S. Constitution is a divinely inspired document, they have a theological, not merely cultural, incentive to preserve it in one form or another.

There is no more American institution than the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

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One Response to Will the Mormons save America?

  1. Andrew says:

    Cool blog (I’ve already commented elsewhere).

    I can say though that there are some problems here…and these problems should be aware to Mormons if they have studied the Book of Mormon.

    Namely, a lot of “spiritual success” is sources to being downtrodden, the other, the minority, the ones who face trial and tribulation. As things stand now, even though the LDS church has plenty of resources and its members are demographically well off, things are kept sane by the fact that members recognize that they are not a majority.

    So, surely a kind of apocalyptic situation where the country is fractured would be a great trial…but it would change the demographics that Mormons are used to operating in. The idea that Mormons “survived” and others didn’t might be enough to set extreme (spiritual) pride skyrocketing…and from there, the LDS lifeboat could capsize.

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