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Standing Apart: Mormon Historical Consciousness and the Concept of Apostasy
Standing Apart: Mormon Historical Consciousness and the Concept of Apostasy
Editor Miranda Wilcox Editor John D. Young
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014

Standing Apart: Mormon Historical Consciousness and the Concept of Apostasy

Reviewer Gerrit van Dyk

Wilcox and Young have set out to address the relatively narrow focus of the LDS Great Apostasy Narrative, which tends to disparage, or at least discount, Christian theologians and historians after the death of the original Apostles until AD 1820. Each contributor to Standing Apart attempts to contextualize and perhaps complicate this narrative by showing a more nuanced approach to this period of Christian history. Dursteler’s updated work on the Great Apostasy establishes a strong foundation for the remaining chapters. Both of the editors also have their own contributions to the volume. Without reviewing every chapter in the book due to space, some highlights might be excused.