Abstract/Details

The Expansion of Mormonism in Southeastern Nigeria, 1960-1988

Hurlbut , David Dmitri . Boston University. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2020. 27831395.

Abstract (summary)

This doctoral dissertation presents new data and analyses concerning the expansion of Mormonism in postcolonial southeastern Nigeria after 1960. It considers why Efik- and Igbo-speaking Nigerians joined both the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS Church) despite the profusion of alternative Christian denominations already established in the southeastern part of Nigeria in the late twentieth century. This study also examines how the expansion of Mormonism in southeastern Nigeria affected the policies, practices, and theology of both the LDS and RLDS Church. This dissertation makes two overarching arguments. First, it contends that the Efik- and Igbo-speaking Nigerians who embraced Mormonism wanted to have the social respectability and imagined economic benefits of joining an international mission church, while making the smallest possible departure from their indigenous culture. Second, this project argues that the expansion of Mormonism in southeastern Nigeria raised existential questions for American church leaders about what it meant to be Mormon in the second half of the twentieth century. While the LDS Church resisted adapting many of its religious practices to indigenous customs and cultures, the expansion of Mormonism in Nigeria nevertheless pushed LDS and RLDS theology and values towards both the Protestant and American mainstream. This dissertation bases its conclusions on preliminary research conducted in Nigeria and on a close reading of archival records and manuscripts housed at the Church History Library of the LDS Church, L. Tom Perry Special Collections at Brigham Young University, and the Community of Christ Library Archives.

Indexing (details)


Subject
History;
African history;
Religious history;
Theology
Classification
0578: History
0331: African history
0320: Religious history
0469: Theology
Identifier / keyword
Mormonism; Southeastern Nigeria; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; Postcolonial Nigeria; Efik-speaking Nigerians; Lgbo-speaking Nigerians; International mission chuches; American mainstream; Protestant
Title
The Expansion of Mormonism in Southeastern Nigeria, 1960-1988
Author
Hurlbut , David Dmitri   VIAFID ORCID Logo 
Number of pages
270
Degree date
2020
School code
0017
Source
DAI-A 82/5(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9798691211171
Advisor
McCann, James
Committee member
Wylie, Diana; Manfredi, Victor; Haberkern, Phillip; Robert, Dana
University/institution
Boston University
Department
History GRS
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertation or Thesis
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
27831395
ProQuest document ID
2458760606
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
https://www.proquest.com/docview/2458760606/abstract