Scholars of Mormonism Confront the History of What Some Call 'the Next World Religion'
Chronicle of Higher Education
Mar. 22, 2002
For two generations, research into Mormonism's past has been fueled by the scholarly interests of historians, social scientists, theologians, and cultural theorists. The author notes that 'the field of Mormon studies displays an abundance of energy.' It is sometimes controversial when debates and conflicts arise between traditionalists and revisionists. Non-Mormon historians like Jan Shipps and Sarah Barringer Gordon contend that Mormon history has an importance beyond the confines of Mormonism itself. Ms. Gordon argues that you really can't understand American history without understanding 'the vital role this faith, and debates over it, have played.'