I've been fascinated with Mormonism and it's bloody, awful history ever since I read Jon Krakauer's "Under the Banner of Heaven." The path for Mormonism from Midwestern Cult-with-its-own-assassination squad to the war the United States declared on Mormons in Utah (after Mormons kept murdering pioneers and blaming it on Indians) through to present day mostly totally respectable Mormonism (with pockets of crazy) is amazing.
And it's telling that our media has left Romney's religion--a huge part of his life--completely off the table while spending so much time attacking Obama for what his old pastor said *after* he left that particular church.
One of the baseline questions we could ask is: Are Mormons Christians? And the answer is: it's really complicated.
I’m a Mormon, Not a Christian - NYTimes.com
I want to be on record about this. I’m about as genuine a Mormon as you’ll find — a templegoer with a Utah pedigree and an administrative position in a congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am also emphatically not a Christian.
For the curious, the dispute can be reduced to Jesus. Mormons assert that because they believe Jesus is divine, they are Christians by default. Christians respond that because Mormons don’t believe — in accordance with the Nicene Creed promulgated in the fourth century — that Jesus is also the Father and the Holy Spirit, the Jesus that Mormons have in mind is someone else altogether. The Mormon reaction is incredulity. The Christian retort is exasperation. Rinse and repeat.
I am confident that I am not the only person — Mormon or Christian — who has had enough of the acrimonious niggling from both sides over the nature of the trinity, the authority of the creeds, the significance of grace and works, the union of Christ’s divinity and humanity, and the real color of God’s underwear. I’m perfectly happy not being a Christian. My Mormon fellows, most of whom will argue earnestly for their Christian legitimacy, will scream bloody murder that I don’t represent them. I don’t. They don’t represent me, either.
I’m with Harry Emerson Fosdick, the liberal Protestant minister and former pastor of Riverside Church in Manhattan, who wrote that he would be “ashamed to live in this generation and not be a heretic.” Being a Christian so often involves such boorish and meanspirited behavior that I marvel that any of my Mormon colleagues are so eager to join the fold.