Religion in England and America: (1) Mormonism; (2) The Oxford Movement

Aspects of religious thought and practice in nineteenth-century America and England are the focus of two interviews. In her book, Mormonism: The Story of a New Religious Tradition, Jan Shipps finds in nineteenth-century Mormonism an analogy to Christianity as it emerged from Judaism in the time of Christ.

In the second segment (14:50), Richard Pfaff and John Shelton Reed argue that the Anglo-Catholic revival in nineteenth-century England (also known as the Oxford Movement) illustrates various important distinctions between the state and the Victorian English church as well as the process by which countercultural movements become part of established religious institutions.

At the time of this interview, Shipps was professor of history and religious studies at Indiana University–Purdue University, Indianapolis.

Pfaff, a Fellow at the National Humanities Center (1996-97), was professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Reed, a Fellow at the Center (1983-84), was professor of sociology at UNC-CH.

This edition of Soundings was conducted by Wayne J. Pond.

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