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|Title||Excursus: Religion of the Nehors|
|Year of Publication||2007|
|Authors||Gardner, Brant A.|
|Book Title||Second Witness, Analytical & Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon: Volume 4, Alma|
|Publisher||Greg Kofford Books|
|Place Published||Salt Lake City|
|Keywords||Alma the Younger; Apostasy; Atonement; Messiah; Nehor; Order of the Nehors; Pride; Priestcraft|
The book of Alma begins with religious conflict and, by the end, escalates into military conflict. Mormon saw the later wars as the direct result of the early religious dissensions, which led not just to disagreement but to defection. The worst conflicts with “Lamanites” are not with those had always been Lamanites, but with apostate Nephites who became Lamanites. Mormon saw internal contention and religio-political fission as the cause of the Nephites’ virtual destruction before the Messiah came to Bountiful. Alma2 apparently saw the same problem and attempted to heal the social rifts by religious renewal.
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