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“The Chosen” creator clarifies remarks about Mormons

Dallas Jenkins, creator of “The Chosen,” has clarified recent remarks about Mormons, evangelicals and Jesus.

Throughout the years, Jenkins has mentioned that he has friends who belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, among them being the men who launched Angel Studios, the streaming platform behind “The Chosen.” However, Jenkins repeatedly has said the studio owners’ beliefs have nothing to do with the content in the series.

In a video posted on YouTube, Jenkins addressed various rumors about his views concerning Mormonism and its connection to “The Chosen,” a popular multi-season series about the life of Jesus Christ that has been viewed nearly 400 million times worldwide.

“I probably need to add a little clarification to the LDS question when it comes to ‘The Chosen,’” Jenkins said. “The reason that I want to give this statement or this comment and have it be my final comment on the matter is because I’ve given dozens and dozens of comments about it that seemed to be unfortunately ignored by several people.”

Jenkins shared questions to which he has been asked to respond based on news articles that claimed such things as, “Dallas Jenkins says Mormons, LDS and evangelicals love the same Jesus” and “LDS are Christians.”

“Is it true that I said that?” he asked. “The answer is no, I did not. I think we can agree that words matter, nuance matters and I probably could have given more context and clarity. I’ve done hundreds and hundreds of interviews and written thousands of things about my faith and about the faith of others, and I try very hard to be nuanced.

“I try very hard to be cautious and wise and clarify every word that I use, but I don’t always succeed. I think it’s fair to say that this is one where I don’t take back what I said, but I could have given it a little bit more clarity.”

–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice