Anti-Arian and Anti-Mormon Discourse in the Struggle for Christianity
This chapter evaluates the mixed legacy of the Mormon scholar Hugh Nibley, an influential interpreter of LDS ideas about the Christian apostasy in the second half of the twentieth century. It offers a comparative case study of how the discourses of heresy waged against Arian Christians in the late fourth century and against Mormons in the twenty-first century involved more political maneuvering and social boundary-making than theological divergences. In the process, it models how LDS scholars might employ critical methodologies and build on Nibley’s legacy of posing provocative disciplinary questions while engaging the LDS community in academic conversations about early Christianity.
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