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In the Book of Mormon, despised outcasts, such as the Lamanites or the poor, often have a special aptitude for spirituality, and the richer, civilized, and more overtly religious Nephites are often declining in righteousness. This phenomenon, with some characteristic specific themes, such as being excluded from a religious edifice, is found in ancient and contemporary cultures and religions. This theme points up the complexity of the Book of Mormon, which is not simple cowboys-and-Indians melodrama.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Compton, Todd M.
"The Spirituality of the Outcast in the Book of Mormon,"
Journal of Book of Mormon Studies: Vol. 2
, Article 10.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/jbms/vol2/iss1/10