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Eugene England: A Mormon Liberal

Kristine L. Haglund


Eugene England was that rarest of creatures—a liberal Mormon. He was a believer, deeply rooted in his inherited faith, and he possessed the small-l liberal virtues of openness to new ideas, a willingness to challenge received wisdom, and confidence in the ethical power of human reason. He found within Mormonism the core of a faith open to modernity in the form of scientific progress, civil rights, an expanded literary canon, and critical approaches to scripture and religious history. This strain of Mormon thought had always existed alongside a more authoritarian and fundamentalist tradition. B ... More

Keywords: Eugene England, Mormon studies, Mormonism and liberal Christianity, Mormonism and politics, Mormon literature, personal essays, paradox, atonement, liberal Mormonism, Mormonism and race, civil rights, Brigham Young University

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780252043932
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043932.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kristine L. Haglund, author