September 10, 2015

Patrick Mason in SL Tribune re: Doomsday

by Peggy Fletcher Stack
“Some Mormons stocking up amid fears that doomsday could come this month”
Salt Lake Tribune
Sept 25, 2015

Peggy Fletcher Stack wrote that in early September of this year “hordes” of Mormons in Utah called “preppers” readied themselves for the imminent end of the world. Contextualizing this group, Patrick Mason the Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies and Associate Professor of Religion at Claremont Graduate University explained, “Any messianic religion has built-in expectations that the Messiah will return and that God will make right everything that’s wrong.” Mason further explained such a tendency can be exaggerated with modern “Christian conservatives” who “worry about financial uncertainty, about President Barack Obama, or about feeling their rights are being obliterated.” Although these “preppers” are on the lookout for the end, Mason joked, “if the end times come with the kinds of disasters and calamities scripture describes, food storage ain’t gonna save you.”

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