Women and the Book of Mormon : The Creation and Negotiation of a Latter-Day Saint Tradition
Engler, Steven,Grieve, Gregory P.
Historicizing "Tradition" in the Study of Religion
Berlin and New York
Walter de Gruyter
"With this case study, we see that religious groups are made up of multiple traditions as described in the Hobsbawm-Sarot model. Further, these traditions provide meaning, structure, and stability to members of religious groups. But, we also see that traditions are not simply imposed from above. The successful tradition is one that passes through many different interpretive hands. Finally, when we look very closely, we witness that even within religious traditions, there are multiple and contradictory interpretations and voices. Traditions are continually negotiated, and shifting. They can never be fully grasped, because individuals and groups are always adapting them to fit personal, historical, and cultural circumstances. They are the ever-shifting foundations upon which religious communities stand." [Author's conclusion]