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Between Pulpit and Pew: The Supernatural World in Mormon History and Folklore Paperback – May 23, 2011
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"It is significant that historians have chosen to better understand the history of Mormons by looking at their folklore, including their expressions of the supernatural . . . Some historians might have viewed these legends as peripheral to the main story of the church and its members, but here we see that they help fill out and give form to the story."
—Elaine Thatcher, foreword to Between Pulpit and Pew
— Benjamin E. Zeller, Nova Religio
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Instead, you trudge through some pretty dense material (one section takes no less than 5 pages to recount historical parallels in ancient Calvinism before it even gets to the Church) that is surprisingly adversarial and critical, going out of its way to highlight what it sees as inconsistencies in Church history and within the words and conduct of the general authorities. Since few of these assertions are published with any context and all sourcing is apparently assumed by the authors to be iron-clad, the reader could come away with many false impressions.