SAINTS AND GENTILES: REFLECTIONS ON MORMONISM AND RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY Mormonism has always possessed a theologically progressive outlook on the fate of the “unevangelized.” The doctrine that every person will have the opportunity to accept the LDS gospel is a key feature that distinguishes Mormonism from many mainstream Christian traditions. However, important questions remain unexplored in our attempt to better understand people of different faiths and ideological perspectives. The fact that only a small percentage of the human family has heard the gospel challenges us to think more carefully about the scope of the gospel and the place of religious diversity within it. This paper will attempt to clarify a few of the issues at stake in this discussion as Mormonism continues to develop in a variety of cultural and religious contexts.
BRIAN BIRCH and CHARLES RANDALL