The purpose of this study is to determine, in so far as is possible, the views held by various leaders of the Latter-day Saints relative to Adam; and more especially, the official doctrine of the Church as to his place in its theology.
The problem is based, in part, on the divergent, and oft times bitter, claims and counter-claims of members, ex-members, and non-members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints over "Mormon" teachings concerning Adam in the light of a certain address given by president Brigham Young in 1852. Indeed, this address, and the man who gave it, remain the focal point of much discussion to this day.
From time to time, articles, anti-Mormon in spirit and purpose, appear attacking the Latter-day Saints and citing the aforementioned address as irrefutable evidence of the "blasphemous beliefs" of Mormonism in general, and its concept of God and man's relationship to him in particular. It is hoped that this study will prove of some value in establishing the actual doctrines of the Church, thus revealing the truth - whatever that truth may be. It is in that spirit that this thesis hase been written; the writer trusts that it will be received in a like one.
College and Department
Religious Education; Church History and Doctrine
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Turner, Rodney, "The Position of Adam in Latter-Day Scripture and Theology" (1953). Theses and Dissertations. 5179.
Mormons, Doctrine, Brigham Young, 1801-1877, Adam, Biblical figure