B.A., Harding University, 2004; M.A., Florida State University, 2007
American Religious History, Print Culture, and American social and cultural history
“'A Religion Run into Madness by Zealots and Hypocrites': The Antebellum Evangelical Response to Mormonism"
My dissertation examines how antebellum evangelicals responded to the emergence of Mormonism. Rather than evidence of religious repugnance, criticism of Mormonism roiled evangelicals because of some important similarities. Antebellum evangelicals criticized Mormonism on economic, political, religious, and theological grounds, but many of these very same developments caused tension within evangelicalism. This overlap caused a deep sense of anxiety within the evangelical movement, and anti-Mormonism helped to create a more coalesced evangelical movement.