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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,

While there have been dozens of important devotional books about Mormonism and its doctrinal concept of the Great Apostasy, little has been published from a scholarly perspective. Ten years ago, BYU Press published a collection of new studies about the Apostasy in Early Christians in Disarray: Contemporary LDS Perspectives on the Christian Apostasy (2005; reviewed in BYU Studies 44:3), and there has been a smattering of articles over the years on the subject, including Eric Dursteler's important "Inheriting the 'Great Apostasy: The Evolution of Mormon Views on the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.'" Dursteler's essay was originally published in Journal of Mormon History (2002), subsequently reprinted in Early Christians in Disarray, and now included in Standing Apart in an updated and revised form. Dursteler's chapter is the only previously published contribution of Standing Apart's thirteen excellent chapters (fourteen if you include Terryl Givens's epilogue).

The editors, Miranda Wilcox and John D. Young, are associate professor of English at Brigham Young University and associate professor of history at Flagler college, respectively. Wilcox specializes in medieval literature, and Young specializes in medieval history.

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