Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:

Marjorie Newton’s Account of the Faith of the Māori Saints: A Critical AppraisalNew Publication

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Interpreter A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Digest / 5.25" x 8.25"
32 pages Saddle-stitched
Book Review, church of jesus christ of latter-day saints, lds, Māori, Marjorie Newton, Mormonism

Abstract: Marjorie Newton’s Mormon and Maori is a version of her 1998 thesis in which she rejects key elements of the Māori Latterday Saint historical narrative. This contrasts with her earlier, faith-affirming Tiki and Temple. In Mormon and Maori Newton targets what she sees as Māori/missionary mythology. She has written for different audiences; one was for secular religious studies scholars, while the other was for faithful Saints. Midgley rejects Newton’s claim that a Mormon American cultural imperialism requires Māori to abandon noble elements of their culture. Faithful Saints are liberated from the soul‑destroying behavior that results from the loss of traditional Māori moral restraints. Midgley insists that Newton has little understanding of the deeper structures of Maori culture.

Review of Marjorie Newton, Mormon and Maori (Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2014). 248 pp. $24.95 (paperback).

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