Mormonism and the Periodical Press : A Change is Underway
Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought
Addresses the changing image of Mormonism among the American public. In the 19th century, the denomination was viewed as a congregation of religious outcasts following the heretical teachings of their prophet-founder, Joseph Smith. But during the past 50 years, the values of the religion have frequently been lauded by contemporaries, and the church has been propelled by media attention into a position of considerable respectability and prestige. Focusing on issues of the past five years, surveys press coverage of the Mormon position on a variety of issues, ranging from the status of blacks and the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment to the construction of the MX missile system in the western United States.