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American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, 1867-1940 $
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Thomas W. Simpson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469628639

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628639.001.0001

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Evolution and Its Discontents, 1896–1920

Evolution and Its Discontents, 1896–1920

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American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, 1867-1940 

Thomas W. Simpson

University of North Carolina Press

After Utah attained its statehood, Mormons inhabited altered landscapes of anxiety and ambition. Despite experiencing meaningful new forms of acceptance and freedom, they still felt the sting of external hostility, while fresh internal disputes—about scientific evolution, biblical authority, and academic freedom—emerged as the LDS Church's defining controversies of the age. These circumstances produced new, enduring Mormon mentalities. One of the most striking developments at the turn of the century was the domestication of Mormon feminism, and while a new generation of Mormon scholars emerged and matured, the church's intellectual center of gravity shifted toward Brigham Young University, where academic freedoms narrowed quickly and considerably. The tensions would ease significantly with changes in university and church leadership in the 1920s, but they would remain fundamentally unresolved.

Keywords:   Mormonism, Religion and Science, Religious Fundamentalism, Religious Modernism, Religion and Social Science, Stanford University, University of Chicago, Columbia University, Brigham Young University, University of Utah, Academic Freedom

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