By Thomas W. Simpson
At the outset, Mormon men and women have been purposefully dispatched to such universities to "gather the world's wisdom to Zion." Simpson, drawing on unpublished diaries, between different fabrics, indicates how LDS scholars in most cases defined American universities as egalitarian areas that fostered a in my view transformative feel of freedom to discover provisional reconciliations of Mormon and American identities and non secular and clinical views. On campus, Simpson argues, Mormon separatism died and a brand new, glossy Mormonism was once born: a Mormonism at domestic within the usa yet at odds with itself. Fierce battles between Mormon students and church leaders ensued over medical concept, progressivism, and the historicity of Mormonism's sacred earlier. The scars and controversy, Simpson concludes, linger.
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