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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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“Except among that Portion of Mankind”

“Except among that Portion of Mankind”

Early Mormon Conceptions of the Apostasy

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Standing Apart

Christopher C. Jones

Stephen J. Fleming

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the multifaceted discourse about the apostasy of Christianity in early Mormon sermons and conversion narratives. It categorizes two prevailing attitudes in this discourse—an exclusive perspective that rejected other religious traditions as inadequate and an inclusive perspective that perceived other religious traditions as inspired yet insufficient. Latter-day Saints’ perceptions about apostasy were conditioned by their previous religious background, by the cultural context in which they wrote, and by ongoing developments within Mormonism.

Keywords:   Joseph Smith, Jr., Benjamin Winchester, Parley P. Pratt, Sidney Rigdon, apostasy, of Christianity, conversion narrative, Methodism

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