UT Religion Expert to Speak on Mormonism at Nov. 12 Event

Published: Oct 23, 2013
So you’ve heard of the Broadway musical The Book of Mormon, and of Mormon missionaries. But have you ever wondered what Mormonism is? Or what Mormon missionaries actually do? Or if Mormons really wear "magic" underwear? And why Mormons don’t drink coffee or tea?

If so, you should plan to attend a discussion, titled “The Book of Mormon (not the musical),” with UT Associate Professor of Sociology Ryan Cragun on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values. Cragun, an expert on Mormonism, will give a brief overview of the Mormon religion, including history and contemporary thought, and then will take audience questions.

The event is free and open to the public.

Cragun has published extensively on Mormonism and is the former president of the Mormon Social Science Association. He has also written two books, Could I Vote for a Mormon for President? and What You Don't Know About Religion (but should), and is a frequent media commentator on religious topics.