Memories and Reflections : The Autobiography of E. E. Ericksen
Kenney, Scott G.
Salt Lake City
From the advertising brochure put out by the press: Ephraim E. Ericksen, professor of philosophy at the University of Utah, was one of the first Mormon academics to take seriously the history of his church and to encounter the dilemmas confronting Mormon intellectuals. His first publication, Psychological and Ethical Aspects of Mormon Group Life, was criticized by some church leaders because of its praise of early Mormon cooperative socialism. His MIA lesson manual, Challenging Problems of the Twentieth Century, was later censured by church authorities who wanted lessons to be instructive, not provocative. And he was subsequently released from responsibilities as a priesthood instructor in his home congregation because he continued to encourage the critical examination of church tenets.