Thursday, April 17, 2014

When Mormons were called Mormonites

In the earliest stratum of polemics against the church founded in Manchester, NY, in April of 1830 by the extended families of Joseph Smith Jr and David Whitmer, the movement was often labeled as the "Mormonites". Amongst the titles that give evidence of this are:
In the first decade of the 21st century, the term "Mormonites" has been used by Jamie A. Dennison in The Mormonites: Their Churches and Schisms (2006) to identify all sects that had splintered off the church founded in Manchester, NY, in the April of 1830. However, that approach has so far not shown any takers beyond Dennison.

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