Saturday, May 5, 2012

A Comparison of "Mormonism" and Islam

So I saw several articles over the past few days stating that the fastest growing religions in the United States were Islam and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints ("LDS" or "Mormon"). (See here, here and here). The New York Daily News reports:
A new survey reveals the dramatically changing face of religion in America, with the number of Muslims in the U.S. soaring 67% in the decade since the 9/11 attacks.

Data released Tuesday from the 2010 U.S. Religion Census shows Islam was the fastest growing religion in America in the last 10 years, with 2.6 million living in the U.S. today, up from 1 million in 2000.

Mormonism too saw remarkable growth, with a 45% increase in adherents. It added nearly 2 million members since 2000, bringing their number in the U.S. to 6.1 million.

"Both of these groups entered more than 200 counties that they weren't in 10 years ago," said Dale Jones, data analyst and mapping specialist for the Religion Census.
The article further reported declines in membership in other major Christian denominations.

Before getting to the point of my post, one irksome issue--why are Muslims counted as a monolithic whole, without reference to denominations or sects, while Christians are broken down by denomination? 

Anyway, the growth of the two faiths is interesting, and will probably generate discussions on comparing and contrasting the religions. So, in that vain, here is the link to a 1972 article written by Hugh Nibley on Islam and Mormonism. It is somewhat lengthy, but worth the read.

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