Disenchanted Lives

Apostasy and Ex-Mormonism among the Latter-day Saints

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E. Marshall Brooks
  • New Brunswick, NJ: 
    Rutgers University Press
    , August
     258 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormons), often heralded as the fastest growing religion in American history, is facing a crisis of apostasy. Rather than strengthening their faith, the study of church history and scriptures by many members pushes them away from Mormonism and into a growing community of secular ex-Mormons. In Disenchanted Lives, E. Marshall Brooks provides an intimate, in-depth ethnography of religious disenchantment among ex-Mormons in Utah. Showing that former church members were once deeply embedded in their religious life, Brooks argues that disenchantment unfolds as a struggle to overcome the spiritual, social, and ideological devotion ex-Mormons had to the religious community and not out of a lack of dedication as prominently portrayed in religious and scholarly writing on apostasy.  

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

E. Marshall Brooks is Assistant Professor, Instructor in the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health, School of Medicine, at Virginia Commonwealth University. 


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