Could I Vote for a Mormon for President? An Election-Year Guide to Mitt Romney’s Religion

Could I Vote for a Mormonby Ryan T. Cragun and Rick Phillips

Mitt Romney is a Mormon, but does that mean he’s a Christian? Does he belong to a cult? Does he wear funny Mormon underwear? These questions and more are answered in this accessible and concise introduction to Mormonism, in which two sociologists of religion take an objective and often humorous look at 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s beliefs. Geared to voters wondering whether Romney’s Mormon faith should affect their vote, Could I Vote for a Mormon for President? comes at key time for those in search of unbiased information about the candidate and his faith.

Cover art: Matt Page

(Goodreads book page)

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UT Professor Explains Mormonism, Romney ViewTampa Tribune

Radio Interview 4/24/2012 (streaming audio) – AM Tampa Bay 


Cragun and Phillips’ irreverent guide for the perplexed tells you everything you need to know about Mormonism this election season. –Mark Silk, Professor of Religion in Public Life, Trinity College, and author of One Nation, Divisible: How Regional Religious Differences Shape American Politics

Ryan Cragun and Rick Phillips have written a scholarly but highly accessible analysis of Mormonism in politics that is even-handed, educational, enlightening, and even entertaining. Whether you’re curious about the religion’s theology and practices or concerned about the prospect of a Mormon president, this book provides helpful answers and insights. It should be read by anyone who’s planning to vote for Mitt Romney — or against him. –Geoffrey Kabaservice, author of Rule and Ruin: The Decline of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party, from Eisenhower to the Tea Party

Cragun and Phillips have brilliantly performed the rare task of both making Mormonism intelligible to the outsider and opening its hermetic self to comparative understanding. To this they bring their deep knowledge of mainstream Christianity as sociologists of religion as well as their well-schooled but native knowledge of Mormonism. –David Knowlton, President of the Mormon Social Science Association


Ryan CragunRyan T. Cragun is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Tampa. His research interests include Mormonism and the nonreligious. He is the author of more than a dozen peer-reviewed articles and half a dozen book chapters (see his professional site here). His research has been published in such journals as: Sociology of Religion, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Journal of Contemporary Religion, Journal of Religion and Health, Mental Health, Religion and Culture, and Nova Religio. His research has been featured in numerous local and national newspapers, including: Tampa Bay Times, The Salt Lake Tribune, The Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and Bloomberg Business Week. Dr. Cragun is also a past President of the Mormon Social Science Association.

(Goodreads author page)

Rick Phillips photo

Rick Phillips is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of North Florida.  He is the author of one book and more than a dozen articles on Mormonism.  His research has been published in such journals as: Sociology of Religion, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, and Nova Religio. Dr. Phillips is a former President of the Mormon Social Science Association, a scholarly association of social scientists interested in the study of Mormonism.

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  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9837484-5-8 / eBook ISBN: 978-0-9837484-6-5
  • Paperback price: US $12.95 / eBook price: US $3.99 / Audiobook price: To be determined
  • 144 pages
  • Categories: Religion/Mormonism, Political Science/Political Proces/Elections, Political Science/American Government/National
  • Formats: 6×9 trade paperback; Kindle, EPub, PDF; downloadable Audiobook
  • Wholesaling and Distribution: Lightning Source (for orders through its distribution partners, including Ingram and Baker & Taylor), Smashwords (distributor for eBook sales), ACX Audiobook Creation Exchange
  • Library of Congress Control Number: 2012937944

2 Responses to Could I Vote for a Mormon for President? An Election-Year Guide to Mitt Romney’s Religion

  1. ecrawford333 says:

    I like your idea here and your backgrounds should prove to offer nice insights, but it would be good to see some excerpts before buying the book if you have any? I also write on the topic and am always interested in other well researched views.

    – Eric

  2. Therese says:

    Eric, this is the publisher speaking here – thanks for your comment and the links! Online excerpt from the book coming soon!

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