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Standing Apart: Mormon Historical Consciousness and the Concept of Apostasy

Miranda Wilcox and John D. Young


At the eve of the bicentennial anniversary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, fifteen scholars explore the relationship between Mormon historical consciousness and the belief in a universal Christian apostasy. Latter-day Saints have a paradoxical relationship to the past; even as they invest their own history with sacred meaning—as the restoration of ancient truths and the fulfillment of biblical prophecies—they repudiate the eighteen centuries preceding the founding of their church as apostate distortions of the truth. Since the advent of Mormonism, Latter-day Saints have tol ... More

Keywords: Mormonism, Apostasy, Restoration, historical consciousness, narrative, alterity, religious identity formation, interfaith relations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199348138
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199348138.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Miranda Wilcox, editor
Brigham Young University

John D. Young, editor
Flagler College

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