Wayward Saints: The Godbeites and Brigham Young

Ronald W. Walker


Wayward Saints: The Godbeites and Brigham Young

Wayward Saints: The Godbeites and Brigham Young

  • Title: Wayward Saints: The Godbeites and Brigham Young
  • Author: Ronald W. Walker
  • ISBN: 9780252067051
  • Page: 132
  • Format: Paperback



A story that includes spiritualist seances, conspiracy, and an important church trial, Wayward Saints chronicles the 1870s challenge of a group of British Mormon intellectuals to Brigham Young s leadership and authority William S Godbe and his associates revolted because they disliked Young s authoritarian community and resented what they perceived as the church s intrusA story that includes spiritualist seances, conspiracy, and an important church trial, Wayward Saints chronicles the 1870s challenge of a group of British Mormon intellectuals to Brigham Young s leadership and authority William S Godbe and his associates revolted because they disliked Young s authoritarian community and resented what they perceived as the church s intrusion into matters of personal choice Expelled from the church, they established the New Movement, which eventually faltered Both a study in intellectual history and an investigation of religious dissent, Wayward Saints explores nineteenth century American spiritualism as well as the ideas and institutional structure of first and second generation Mormonism.


Recent Comments "Wayward Saints: The Godbeites and Brigham Young"

I really learned a lot from this book and found it fascinating. The Godbeite movement was so much more complex than just a revolt or declaration against BY's heavy-handed frontier theocracy. A study in religious dissent from the era of 19th century Mormon history ends up opening up so many interesting questions for thought. I thought Walker did a great job of synthesizing a history of the Godbeites with the timeless and classic questions put front and center by the dissenters, who, interestingly [...]

From what I can see, I am the first to write a review of this book. That is a crying shame. This is one of the best LDS scholarly Church history books that I have ever read if not THE best. I loved every page of this book. It was filled with memorable scenes like Godbe's and Harrison's excommunication trial in Salt Lake's city hall, which was virtually open to the public and featured testimony from George Q. Cannon, George A. Smith, and of course Brigham Young; or Susan B. Anthony's and Elizabet [...]

A fascinating look at an early group within Mormonism, the Godbeites, who had a few criticisms of the LDS Church that ultimately caused them to leave. For me, some of the inside tensions within the Church (Ordain Women, opposition votes in conference, mass resignations, LGBT issues) seem troubling, but it’s almost reassuring to know that those tensions have always been there. The author casts them as not unique to the LDS Church—there will always be a certain amount of tension between religi [...]

This book serves to balance out the version of Church history for this period that we usually get from official LDS sources and from those who portray Church history through rose-colored glasses. However it balances it in a reasonable way. Ronald Walker is LDS and an associate professor of Church history at BYU, but he doesn't sugar-coat the issues raised by the Godbeites. I thought it interesting that some of the things the Godbeites were criticized for in their day are now Church policy or at [...]


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