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Differing Visions: Dissenters in Mormon…

Differing Visions: Dissenters in Mormon History (1994)

by Roger D. Launius (Editor), Linda Thatcher (Editor)

Other authors: Leonard J. Arrington (Foreword), M. Guy Bishop (Contributor), Martha Sonntag Bradley (Contributor), Newell G. Bringhurst (Contributor), Paul M. Edwards (Contributor)16 more, Jessie L. Embry (Contributor), Lawrence Foster (Contributor), Kenneth W. Godfrey (Contributor), Richard Neitzel Holzapfel (Contributor), Richard P. Howard (Contributor), Danny L. Jorgensen (Contributor), Roger D. Launius (Introduction), John S. McCormick (Contributor), Alice Allred Pottmyer (Contributor), Ronald E. Romig (Contributor), William D. Russell (Contributor), Richard L. Saunders (Contributor), John R. Sillito (Contributor), Linda Thatcher (Introduction), Dan Vogel (Contributor), Kenneth H. Winn (Contributor)

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Launius, Roger D.Editorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Thatcher, LindaEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Arrington, Leonard J.Forewordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bishop, M. GuyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bradley, Martha SonntagContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bringhurst, Newell G.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Edwards, Paul M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Embry, Jessie L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Foster, LawrenceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Godfrey, Kenneth W.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Holzapfel, Richard NeitzelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Howard, Richard P.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jorgensen, Danny L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Launius, Roger D.Introductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McCormick, John S.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pottmyer, Alice AllredContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Romig, Ronald E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Russell, William D.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Saunders, Richard L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sillito, John R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Thatcher, LindaIntroductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vogel, DanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Foreword / Leonard J. Arrington

Introduction: Mormonisn and the Dynamics of Dissent / Roger D. Launius, Linda Thatcher
David Whitmer: Faithful Dissenter, Witness Apart / Ronald E. Romig
"Such Republicanism as This": John Corrill's Rejection of Prophetic Rule / Kenneth H. Winn
William E. McLellin: "Mormonism's Stormy Petrel" / Richard B. Howard
The Fruit of the Branch: Francis Gladden Bishop and His Culture of Dissent / Richard L. Saunders
James Colin Brewster: The Boy Prophet Who Challenged Mormon Authority / Dan Vogel
William B. Smith: "A Wart on the Ecclesiatical Tree" / Paul M. Edwards
The Old Fox: Alpheus Cutler / Danny L. Jorgensen
Stephen Post: From Believer to Dissenter to Heretic / M. Guy Bishop
The Flight of the Doves from Utah Mormonism to California Morrisitism: The Saga of James and George Dove / Richard Neitzel Holzapfel
Henry W. Lawrence: A Life in Dissent / John S. McCormick and John R. Sillito
Frank J. Cannon: Declension in the Mormon Kingdom / Kenneth M. Godfrey
Joseph W. Musser: Dissenter or Fearless Crusader for Truth? / Martha Sonntag Bradley
Fawn Kay Brodie: Dissident Historian and Quintessential Critic of Mormondom / Newell G. Bringhurst
Maurine Whipple: The Quiet Dissenter / Jessie L. Embry
Richard Price: Leading Publicist of the Reorganized Church's Schismatics / William D. Russell
Apostate Believers: Jerald and Sandra Tanner's Encounter with Mormon History / Lawrence Foster
Sonia Johnson: Mormonism's Feminist Heretic / Alice Allred Pottmyer
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Recognizing Mormonism's dissenting tradition, Differing Visions presents selections on nineteen Mormon dissenters - David Whitmer, Fawn Brodie, and Sonia Johnson among them - in a volume that focuses on the variety of religious sentiment within the church and assesses factors that have encouraged divergent ideas from the early 1800s on. Besides offering little-known information about the lives of those profiled, the collection shows that the dissenters generally were moved by conscience and questions of right and wrong in leaving Mormonism and that none of them ever fully shed the remnants of the institutional church. Whitmer is cast in a new light here, in a selection that emphasizes his disenchantment with Joseph Smith's increasing power and his belief that the church was moving counter to Whitmer's understanding of what religion should do. Brodie is presented as having been too distinctive - tall, beautiful, and extremely bright - to fit the patriarchal Mormon notion of womanhood. Excommunicated in June 1946 following the publication of No Man Knows My History, her controversial biography of Joseph Smith, Brodie continued to criticize the Mormon church in her writings and speeches. By the time of her death in 1981, she was recognized as twentieth-century Mormonism's leading dissenting female historian and critic. Excommunicated in 1979 because she publicized her church's efforts to defeat the Equal Rights Amendment, Johnson later became a feminist political activist, running unsuccessfully for the presidency of the National Organization for Women and, in 1984, for the presidency of the United States.

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