Differing Visions: Dissenters in Mormon History

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Recognizing Mormonism's dissenting tradition, Differing Visions presents selections on nineteen Mormon dissenters - David Whitmer, Fawn Brodie, and Sonia Johnson among them - in a volume that focuses on the variety of religious sentiment within the church and assesses factors that have encouraged divergent ideas from the early 1800s on. Besides offering little-known information about the lives of those profiled, the collection shows that the dissenters generally were moved by conscience and questions of right and...
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Overview

Recognizing Mormonism's dissenting tradition, Differing Visions presents selections on nineteen Mormon dissenters - David Whitmer, Fawn Brodie, and Sonia Johnson among them - in a volume that focuses on the variety of religious sentiment within the church and assesses factors that have encouraged divergent ideas from the early 1800s on. Besides offering little-known information about the lives of those profiled, the collection shows that the dissenters generally were moved by conscience and questions of right and wrong in leaving Mormonism and that none of them ever fully shed the remnants of the institutional church. Whitmer is cast in a new light here, in a selection that emphasizes his disenchantment with Joseph Smith's increasing power and his belief that the church was moving counter to Whitmer's understanding of what religion should do. Brodie is presented as having been too distinctive - tall, beautiful, and extremely bright - to fit the patriarchal Mormon notion of womanhood. Excommunicated in June 1946 following the publication of No Man Knows My History, her controversial biography of Joseph Smith, Brodie continued to criticize the Mormon church in her writings and speeches. By the time of her death in 1981, she was recognized as twentieth-century Mormonism's leading dissenting female historian and critic. Excommunicated in 1979 because she publicized her church's efforts to defeat the Equal Rights Amendment, Johnson later became a feminist political activist, running unsuccessfully for the presidency of the National Organization for Women and, in 1984, for the presidency of the United States.

The first serious attempt to analyze the careers of converts who later left the Mormon church, this book contains selections about 18 Mormon dissenters--David Whitmer, Fawn Brody, and Sonia Johnson, among them--contributed by Richard N. Holzapfel, John S. McCormick, Kenneth M. Godfrey, William D. Russell, Dan Vogel, Jessie L. Embry, and many others.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252067310
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Mormonism and the Dynamics of Dissent 1
1 David Whitmer: Faithful Dissenter, Witness Apart 23
2 "Such Republicanism as This": John Corrill's Rejection of Prophetic Rule 45
3 William E. McLellin: "Mormonism's Stormy Petrel" 76
4 The Fruit of the Branch: Francis Gladden Bishop and His Culture of Dissent 102
5 James Colin Brewster: The Boy Prophet Who Challenged Mormon Authority 120
6 William B. Smith: "A Wart on the Ecclesiastical Tree" 140
7 The Old Fox: Alpheus Cutler 158
8 Stephen Post: From Believer to Dissenter to Heretic 180
9 The Flight of the Doves from Utah Mormonism to California Morrisitism: The Saga of James and George Dove 196
10 Henry W. Lawrence: A Life in Dissent 220
11 Frank J. Cannon: Declension in the Mormon Kingdom 241
12 Joseph W. Musser: Dissenter or Fearless Crusader for Truth? 262
13 Fawn McKay Brodie: Dissident Historian and Quintessential Critic of Mormondom 279
14 Maurine Whipple: The Quiet Dissenter 301
15 Richard Price: Leading Publicist of the Reorganized Church's Schismatics 319
16 Apostate Believers: Jerald and Sandra Tanner's Encounter with Mormon History 343
17 Sonia Johnson: Mormonism's Feminist Heretic 366
Contributors 391
Index 395
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