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Book of Mormon Usage in Early LDS Theology Grant Underwood ithin Mormon scholarship, one trend for the 1980s is already discernible — an increasing interest in doctrinal history, or what is more properly called "historical theology." Historical theology can be broadly defined as the study of the "classical thinking of the church in its effort through the ages to express [the revelation of God] and to apply it as a guide through the perplexities and ambiguities of life.1 Articles dealing with "classical" Mormon thought on the nature of God, the Holy Ghost, the pre-mortal existence, the millennium, and evolution, to name just a few, have all appeared in scholarly journals since 1980.2 The rise of the annual Sunstone Theological Symposium further testifies of, at the same time that it encourages, a heightened sensitivity to "doctrinal development." GRANT UNDERWOOD is director of the LDS Institute of Religion adjacent to California State University, Los Angeles. This paper was originally delivered at the 1983 annual meeting of the Mormon History Association in Omaha, Nebraska. The author is indebted to Claudia Shelton for assistance in preparation of the various tables and charts. 1 Fuller Theological Seminary Catalog, 1983-84 (Pasadena, Calif.: Fuller Theological Seminary, 1982), p. 45. Book-length treatments of historical theology include J. Danielou et ah, Historical Theology (Harmondsworth, England: Penguin Books, 1969); Jaroslav Pelikan, Historical Theology: Continuity and Change in Christian Doctrine (Chicago and New Haven: Corpus, 1971); Geoffrey W. Bromiley, Historical Theology: An Introduction (Grand Rapids: W. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1978) ; R. P. C. Hanson, The Continuity of Christian Doctrine (New York: Seabury Press, 1981). 2 Thomas G. Alexander, "The Reconstruction of Modern Doctrine: From Joseph Smith to Progressive Theology," Sunstone 5 (July-Aug. 1980) : 24-33; Gary James Bergera, "The Orson Pratt—¦ Brigham Young Controversies," Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 13 (Summer 1980) : 7-58; David J. Buerger, "The Adam-God Doctrine," Dialogue 15 (Spring 1982) : 14-58; Blake Ostler, "The Idea of Pre-existence in the Development of Mormon Thought," Dialogue 15 (Spring 1982): 59-78; Richard Sherlock, "We Can See No Advantage to a Continuation of the Discussion: The Roberts/Smith/Talmage Affair," Dialogue 13 (Fall 1980): 68-78; Jeffrey E. Keller, "Discussion Continued: The Sequel to the Roberts/Smith/Talmage Affair," Dialogue 15 (Spring 1982): 79-98; Grant Underwood, "Seminal versus Sesquicentennial: A Look at Mormon Millennialism," Dialogue 14 (Spring 1981) : 32-44, and "Millenarianism and the Early Mormon Mind," Journal of Mormon History 9 (1982) : 41-51.