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Kurt Widmer

Unter Zions Panier

Mormonism and its Interaction with Germany and its People 1840–1990

404 p.
soft cover
ISBN 978-3-515-10419-7


One of the earliest critiques of Mormonism was written in German. German Reformed Pastor Diedrich Willers who had lost several of his congregants to the infant Mormon church advised his superiors of the threat posed by the early Mormons. German speaking immigrants to North America converted, and played a significant role in the early development and growth of Mormonism in North America. As a result, founding Prophet Joseph Smith saw the German states as an area with a tremendous potential for new converts. In the nineteenth century the German states became the Mormons’ first foreign language mission field, and for most of the twentieth century contained the largest resident Mormon population outside of the United States and Canada. However, the German mission did not live up to the initial expectations, as, relative to the German population, and the rest of Protestant Europe, the Mormons failed to make significant converts from among the Germans. This work examines the reasons behind the Mormon’s failures in the German states. This is the first historical, and critical examination exploring Mormon-German interaction within the context of a social, political, and religious history.


"ein[...] wichtige[s] Referenzwerk"
Franz Winter, Zeitschrift für Religionswissenschaft 24, 2016/1

Dieser Band wurde außerdem rezensiert von:

Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp, The Journal of American History 101, 2015/4

Steve Carter, Journal of Mormon History 42, 2016/4

David Conley Nelson, Yearbook of German American Studies 48, 2013

Mitteilungen der Berliner Gesellschaft für Missionsgeschichte e.V., September 2013


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