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After presidential candidate Mitt Romney gave his highly anticipated speech addressing his Mormon faith Thursday, it only strengthened theologian Wayne Grudem's October endorsement. Grudem, a research professor of Bible and theology at Phoenix Seminary, said that the speech was an excellent outline on many ideas relating to freedom of religion and the role of religion in politics. Grudem spoke with Christianity Today about the speech and how others have reacted to his endorsement.

How have other evangelicals responded to your endorsement of Mitt Romney?

Many have said quietly, 'I think you're right, and I agree with you.' Many have said, 'We'll wait and see.' Many have decided to endorse another candidate. I've gotten a few emails from unknown people who just want to argue with specific tenets of Mormonism, and I haven't even answered those because it doesn't seem to me to be relevant. It's surprising to me how many people say, 'I think you're right.' Now others are supporting other candidates, and I'm glad that we have a wide, open primary season.

What do you think the highlights were from the speech?

I thought it was excellent in several ways. If anything, my endorsement of him is even stronger if anything after reading that speech. I thought he rightly outlined ways religious beliefs should and should not be a legitimate question regarding suitability for public office. He said that his Mormon faith gave him moral principles that were common to many Americans, which were important in the whole history of America.

But he also said that he thought questions about different doctrines of his or anybody else's faith were out of bounds, they are inappropriate for someone to ask someone as a candidate for president because that's ...

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