Is the Mormon Church in decline in its home state: Utah? Is the Mormon church over-reporting its Utah membership? Is the Mormon church in decline worldwide?
Join us as we interview sociologist Dr. Ryan Cragan we we discuss his new article: “Mormons Are No Longer a Majority in Utah: Causes, Consequences, and Implications for the Sociology of Religion.”
Mormons Are No Longer a Majority in Utah: Causes, Consequences, and Implications for the Sociology of Religion
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At about an hour and twelve minutes in, both of you speculate on the why’s as to the increase in temple building. For those who haven’t seen the Going Clear documentary on Scientology go the the 1:12:50 mark (freely available on YouTube) where you’ll find this gem of a statement:
“Churches are tax exempt because they’re supposed to provide a public good. To prove that good to the IRS churches aren’t supposed to hoard their money. They’re supposed to spend it on services for the faithful. Under this pretense the church has made massive investments in tax free real estate all over the world. And when it comes to labor costs, they’re almost free”.
For those who haven’t seen the sale and tear down of underutilized chapels go to Google Maps and type in:
3179 Highland Drive
The December 2022 photo shows the chapel enclosed by a fence with demolition occurring on the right side of the chapel, while to the left you can see an example of the expensive townhouses and apartments that will replace it.
I downloaded the article and love that you are actively promoting your guests. As an educational researcher, I also loved the full explanation of how the statistics were collected and represented. Thank you!
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