Wayward Saints

Wayward Saints : The Godbeites and Brigham Young

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A story that includes spiritualistic seances, hidden conspiracy, and an important church trial, Wayward Saints chronicles the challenge, during the 1870s, of a group of British Mormon intellectuals to Brigham Young's leadership and authority. William S. Godbe and his associates revolted because they disliked Young's authoritarian community and resented what they perceived as the church's intrusion into matters of personal choice.Expelled from the church, they established the "New Movement", which eventually faltered. Both a study in intellectual history and an investigation of religious dissent, Wayward Saints explores nineteenth-century American spiritualism as well as the ideas and institutional structure of first- and second-generation Mormonism.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 156 x 230 x 30mm | 476.27g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252023781
  • 9780252023781

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"Illuminates important questions and concerns of both past and present... Well researched and clearly written, Wayward Saints is an important and insightful look at tensions within Mormonism. It deserves a wide and thoughtful reading." -- John Sillito, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thoughtshow more

Table of contents

Rebellion in Zion -- British origins and youthful beginnings -- Godbe's rising star -- Intellectuals in Zion -- Two rival visions of society -- Merchant wars and declining faith -- New York epiphany -- Interval before rebellion -- Before the bar -- Firstmonths of revolt -- Church of Zion -- Politics -- Newspaper war -- When the spirits did abound -- The liberal institute -- The spoken and written word -- Godbe's last years -- Requiem.show more

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