The session "At the Crossroads Again: Mormonism and Protestantism" looks current relationship between the Mormon and Protestant Christian communities, and the future of this relationship. Despite a strong historical connection in nineteenth century America, and a commonly claimed commitment to the moral teachings and saving power of Jesus, differences in doctrine and practice have complicated the relationship between Mormonism and Protestant Christianity. As both Latter-day Saints and Protestants move forward into the twenty-first century, they stand more ready than ever to engage in thoughtful dialogue and social collaboration."
David E. Campbell
David Campbell is the John Cardinal O'Hara, C.S.C. Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame and the founding director of the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy. He is the co-author (with Robert Putnam) of American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us, author of Why We Vote: How Schools and Communities Shape Our Civic Life and the editor of A Matter of Faith: Religion in the 2004 Presidential Election. He has also co-authored and co-edited books on civic engagement, school vouchers, and charter schools. In addition, he has published articles in a number of scholarly journals on such subjects as religion and politics, young people, schools, and civic engagement.
As an expert on religion, politics, and civic engagement, David has often been featured in the national media, including the New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Time, NBC News, MSNBC, CNN, National Public Radio, Fox News, and C-SPAN. His research has won awards from the American Political Science Association, and has been funded by the National Science Foundation.
David McAllister-Wilson received a Bachelor of Arts in History from California State University, Northridge, in 1983. He earned his Master of Divinity degree in 1988 and Doctor of Ministry degree in 2001 from Wesley. An ordained elder in the Virginia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, McAllister-Wilson's main areas of interest are revitalizing the Mainline Protestant Church and excellence in church leadership.
McAllister-Wilson wrote about the training and development of effective church leaders in a chapter of Christian Reflections on the Leadership Challenge, edited by James Kouzes and Barry Posner. He also contributed a chapter to A Handbook for Seminary Presidents, edited by G. Douglass Lewis and Lovett H. Weems, Jr., of Wesley's Lewis Center for Church Leadership.
Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or of a sect closely related to it (e.g., the Community of Christ). The Mormon religion was founded by Joseph Smith, who claimed to have received an angelic vision telling him of the location of golden plates containing God's revelation; this he published in 1830 as the Book of Mormon. Smith and his followers accepted the Bible as well as the Mormon sacred scriptures but diverged significantly from orthodox Christianity, especially in their assertion that God exists in three distinct entities as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Mormons also believe that faithful members of the church will inherit eternal life as gods. Other unique doctrines include the belief in preexisting souls waiting to be born and in salvation of the dead through retroactive baptism. The church became notorious for its practice of polygamy, though it was officially sanctioned only between 1852 and 1890. Smith and his followers migrated from Palmyra, N.Y., to Ohio, Missouri, and finally Illinois, where Smith was killed by a mob in 1844. In 184647, under Brigham Young, the Mormons made a 1,100-mi (1,800-km) trek to Utah, where they founded Salt Lake City. In the early 21st century, the church had a worldwide membership of nearly 10 million, swelled yearly by the missionary work that church members, both men and women, are encouraged to perform.