Wayward Saints: The Godbeites and Brigham Young

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University of Illinois Press, Jan 1, 1998 - Religion - 399 pages
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A story that includes spiritualist seances, conspiracy, and an important church trial, Wayward Saints chronicles the 1870s challenge of a group of British Mormon intellectuals to Brigham Young's leadership and authority. William S. Godbe and his associates revolted because they disliked Young's authoritarian community and resented what they perceived as the church's intrusion into matters of personal choice.
Expelled from the church, they established the "New Movement," which eventually faltered. Both a study in intellectual history and an investigation of religious dissent, Wayward Saints explores nineteenth-century American spiritualism as well as the ideas and institutional structure of first- and second-generation Mormonism.
 

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Contents

Rebellion in Zion
1
British Origins and Youthful Beginnings
12
Godbes Rising Star
35
Intellectuals in Zion
52
Two Rival Visions of Society
72
Merchant Wars and Declining Faith
92
New York Epiphany
109
Interval before Rebellion
128
Politics
212
Newspaper War
232
When the Spirits Did Abound
251
The Liberal Institute
274
The Spoken and Written Word
295
Godbes Last Years
321
Requiem
343
EPILOGUE
361

Before the Bar
149
First Months of Revolt
170
Church of Zion
189
BIBLIOGRAPHY
373
INDEX
391
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About the author (1998)

Ronald W. Walker is a professor of history and Senior Research Historian at Brigham Young University.

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