Dissent: Perspectives from the Book of Mormon

Title

Dissent: Perspectives from the Book of Mormon

Publication Type

Journal Article

Year of Publication

1994

Authors

Wardle, Lynn D. (Primary)

Journal

Journal of Book of Mormon Studies

Pagination

53-73

Volume

3

Issue

1

Terms of use

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Bibliographic Citation

Wardle, Lynn D. "Dissent: Perspectives from the Book of Mormon" In Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, Vol. 3. 1994:53-73.

Abstract

Most scriptural references to dissent are in the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon teaches that dissension is a cause of evil, suffering, and destruction; some dissenters undergo a hardening, while others may be reclaimed; preaching the gospel is the best way to reclaim dissenters; after patient endurance, compulsion may be necessary to stop dissenters from causing severe harm to the innocent, but compulsion should be avoided when possible; both spiritual and civic responses may be used to quell dissent; responding to dissent is not the task of leaders only; dissent is inevitable in our society and the church; and the Lord blesses the faithful who endure the trials and temptations of dissent.

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