Mormon influence, imagery runs deep through `Twilight’

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LOS ANGELES (RNS) Ever since Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” began haunting the imagination in 1897, popular culture has identified Christian symbols — crucifixes, holy water, Communion wafers — as weapons to ward off a blood-thirsty vampire. The “Twilight” novels and film franchise have religious associations, too — but most of them come from the Church of […]

  • Cameron

    This is quite a stretch. You could apply many of these things to many religions.

  • Angela Aleiss

    “Many of these things” are uniquely Mormon. For example, the “Word of Wisdom,” the idea of resurrected beings (angels with NO wings), and especially “sealed” marriages (a strong departure from traditional Christian beliefs). The Mormon idea of agency or free will, while not unique, does differ substantially from several Protestant traditions.