Category Archives: Religion

Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Lure of the Edge”


The Lure of the Edge: Scientific Passions, Religious Beliefs, and the Pursuit of UFOs. By Brenda Denzler. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001. What is the history of the UFO phenomenon in the United States? That is the subject of … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Moravian Community in Colonial North Carolina”


The Moravian Community in Colonial North Carolina: Pluralism on the Southern Frontier. By Daniel B. Thorp. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1989. I’m not at all certain that historians should use the term “pluralism” when characterizing the Moravians of colonial … Continue reading

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Perceptions of Belief in a Flat Earth


It’s a wonderful thing, the imagination of humankind. It has brought us the wonders of science and technology, the ideals of freedom and democracy, the inspiration to question, and the desire to help others, to name only a few positive … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Evolution vs. Creationism”


Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction. By Eugenie C. Scott. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004. For many years the author of this book, Eugenie C. Scott, oversaw the activities of the National Center for Science Education. In that capacity she … Continue reading

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The Conspiracy Theme and the Late Twentieth Century RLDS Church


The conspiracy theme is still present in the modern Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS), which was renamed the Community of Christ (CofC)in 2000. This time it can be seen most frequently among some RLDS fundamentalists … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Mormons and their Historians”


Mormons and their Historians. By Davis Bitton and Leonard J. Arrington. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1988. Although this book is rather long in the tooth, and both authors have passed on, it is still a fine short … Continue reading

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The Conspiracy Motif and the Nineteenth Century RLDS Church


While the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS) emerged from elements in the early Mormon movement that accepted more mainstream American religious and social ideals its membership also spun its own formidable conspiracy theory. An early and … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Journey of a People, 1820-1844”


The Journey of a People: The Era of Restoration, 1820 to 1844. By Mark A. Scherer. Independence, MO: Community of Christ Seminary Press, 2013. vii + 535. Acknowledgments, illustrations, footnotes, bibliographic essay, selected bibliography, index. ISBN: 978-0-8309-1381-7. Hardcover with dustjacket. … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Fourth Great Awakening and the Future of Egalitarianism”


The Fourth Great Awakening and the Future of Egalitarianism. By Robert William Fogel. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000. Nobel Laureate Robert William Fogel (1926-2013) upset the historical discipline throughout his entire career. One of his first major works, Railroads … Continue reading

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Zion in Mormon History: An American Promised Land


Mormonism’s self-identification as a modern replacement for ancient Israel mandated the quest for Zion as a literal place. The establishment of what the Saints called Zion had been the most persistent goal of the early Mormon movement. The early Latter-day … Continue reading

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