Brinkerhoff, Merlin B., Jacob, Jeffrey C., Mackie, Marlene M.
Religious Tolerance : Mormons in the American Mainstream
Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought
This sociological study measures the social acceptability of Mormons among representative groups of college students, and makes some judgements on the social space Mormons occupy in Canada and the United States. Mormonism is characterized, sociologically, as 'simultaneously exclusive and accepting, particularistic and accomodating.' In general, the study places Mormons in the middle--neither as well accepted as Presbyterians and Catholics nor on the radical fringe. The authors consider this a remarkable achievement, given the history of Mormon distinctive religious practices and the contemporary missionary message of being the only true church.