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Standing ApartMormon Historical Consciousness and the Concept of Apostasy$
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Miranda Wilcox and John D. Young

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199348138

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199348138.001.0001

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“Complexity and Richness”

“Complexity and Richness”

Reenvisioning the Middle Ages for Mormon Historical Narratives

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Standing Apart

Spencer E. Young

Oxford University Press

This chapter reveals that the LDS characterization of the Middle Ages as a period of spiritual darkness is inadequate given the complexity and richness of religious experience among medieval Christians. It examines the oft-disparaged late medieval practice of indulgences in the context of the Catholic theology of salvation and compares it with the sometimes controversial LDS practice of performing ordinances for the dead. In the process, the chapter identifies similarities and differences between medieval and Mormon conceptions of the soteriological necessity of reciprocal relations between the living and the dead.

Keywords:   Middle Ages, indulgences, Alexander Morrison, Tad R. Callister, baptism for the dead, treasury of merits doctrine, exempla collections, soteriology, James L. Barker

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