Pat Bagley on the conservative takeover of Mormonism and the GOP he once knew

Salt Lake Tribune editorial cartoonist Pat Bagley talks about his 43-year career observing politics, Utah, and Mormonism
Salt Lake Tribune cartoonist Pat Bagley poses for a photo in front of a painting of Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism. Photo: Pat Bagley

Episode Summary

Pat Bagley has become a fixture in Utah politics and one of America’s best-known editorial cartoonists. In this episode of Theory of Change, he joins Matthew Sheffield to discuss how the LDS Mormon faith he was raised in has changed over his career and how it’s become much more similar to the Protestant evangelicalism it once despised.

They also discuss Bagley’s earlier career as a Mormon children’s author and how his attitudes toward the faith developed.

View Bagley’s Salt Lake Tribune archive or follow him on Twitter.

About This Podcast

Lots of people want to change the world. But how does change happen? History is filled with stories of people and institutions that spent big and devoted many resources to effect change but have little to show for it. By contrast, many societal developments have happened without forethought from anyone. And of course, change can be negative as well as positive.

In each episode of this weekly program, Theory of Change host Matthew Sheffield delves deep with a solo guest to discuss larger trends in politics, religion, media, and technology.