Of course, this is exactly what the Mormons have done. Today, they are clearly a religion, in the eyes of most Americans, and not a cult. They may once have been a cult, but those days are over, at least for the purposes of equal respectability in a multi-religious society. It is not hard to understand why some traditional Christians, looking out from a theological perspective, might think otherwise. But they should realize that from a theological perspective, most Christians look like heretics or pagans to Jews; Bahais look like heretics and Christians like idol-worshipers to Muslims; and Buddhists and Hindus see each other as severely confused. This is the perspective from which religious wars used to be launched, and one of the great triumphs of America is that it has allowed, instead, for a society in which people of different religions, while disagreeing sharply on theological issues, can yet live together as citizens in peace and mutual respect.