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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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King Ratbod’s Dilemma

King Ratbod’s Dilemma

Apostasy and Restoration in the Sixteenth and Twenty-First Centuries

(p.265) 11 King Ratbod’s Dilemma
Standing Apart

Jonathan Green

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that apostasy is a question of belief, not a historical process. It proposes that the history of belief in an apostasy is a textual phenomenon that can be studied, particularly during the Protestant Reformations. Demonstrating this methodology, the chapter examines LDS affinities both with sixteenth-century Protestants’ anxieties about how to make sense of the past with a teleological model of history and with their uneasiness about the source of ecclesial authority. In the process, it discovers that Latter-day Saints’ textual practices fit into the longer history of devotional reading and connect most closely not with the famous reformers such as Luther and Zwingli but, rather, those such as Caspar Schwenckfeld.

Keywords:   Ratbod (Frisian king), apostasy of Christianity, Sebastian Franck, Caspar Schwenckfeld, Matthias Flacius, Andreas Osiander, Roger Williams, Picturesque America, John H. Morgan, Reformations, Protestant

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