Radical Origins: Early Mormon Converts and Their Colonial Ancestors

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University of Illinois Press, 2004 - History - 253 pages
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Genological beginings of the Mormon religion from the radical Protestant Reformation movement in New England. Val D. Rust's Radical Origins investigates whether the unconventional religious beliefs of their colonial ancestors predisposed early Mormon converts to embrace the radical message of Joseph Smith Jr. and his new church. Utilizing a unique set of meticulously compiled genealogical data, Rust uncovers the ancestors of early church members throughout what we understand as the radical segment of the Protestant Reformation. Coming from backgrounds in the Antinomians, Seekers, Anabaptists, Quakers, and the Family of Love, many colonial ancestors of the church's early members had been ostracized from their communities. Expelled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, some were whipped, mutilated, or even hanged for their beliefs. and can ultimately shape the outlook of future generations. This, he argues, extends the historical role of Mormons by giving their early story significant implications for understanding the larger context of American colonial history. Featuring a provocative thesis and stunning original research, Radical Origins is a remarkable contribution to our understanding of religion in the development of American culture and the field of Mormon history.
  

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I find it shameful that my ancestors were duped by this CULT in their naive desperation to believe in anything and everything. Just more PROOF that religion is concocted by MAN and all 'gods' are FALSE.

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Contents

Ancestors of Early LDS Converts
20
The Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony
36
Puritan Ancestors in Massachusetts and Maine
50
Schismatic New England
72
The Antinomian Crisis
85
LDS Ancestors Engaged in Alchemy and Astrology
115
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About the author (2004)

Rust is a professor of education at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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