The Theology of a Career Convert : Edward Tullidge's Evolving Identities
Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought
Park offers an important glimpse into several of the competing motivations that drove writer Edward Tullidge's Mormon experience. He looks at the question of evolving identities by briefly engaging the evolution of Edward Tullidge's relationship to and understanding of Mormonism. He then presents three snapshots of Tullidge's public writing career, each taking place in a different context: his expositions of Mormonism's theocracy in England in 1854, his defense of Mormonism's social and organizational reform potential in New York in 1866, and his appeal to religious liberty and separation between Church and State in opposition to Mormonism in Utah in 1869. By comparing these key moments in his life and analyzing the evolution that took place between them, he aims to shed more light not only on Tullidge himself but also the culture he is speaking to and the Mormonism he is speaking from.