Bannan Visitors

The Bannan Visitors program was a program designed to invite individuals to SCU to engage in issues or activities that support the Jesuit and Catholic character. While the program is no longer active, past visitors provided a rich array of resources to the University.

James Bennett

by James Bennett, Ph.D. |

Would a Mormon President be a Christian President?


When: Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 4:00 - 5:15 PM

Where: St. Clare Room, Harrington Learning Commons, Santa Clara University

As Mitt Romney struggles to capture the Republican nomination, questions persist whether a majority of Americans would vote for a presidential candidate who is Mormon. What is it about Mormons that makes some voters, especially evangelical Christians within his own party, uncomfortable voting for Romney? What do the challenges facing a Mormon candidate reveal about the relationship between religion and politics in the U.S?

The Lecturer:

James Bennett, Ph.D. received his B.A. from UCLA, his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1999. He taught at the University of Oklahoma from 2000-2002 and joined the Santa Clara University faculty in 2002. His teaching and research focuses on American religious history, with a focus on race, new religious movements, and the American West.

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