Early Christians in Disarray takes a fresh look at the apostasy of the early Christian church. Most LDS scholars and leaders previously understood the Christian apostasy based on the findings of Protestant scholars who provided a seemingly endless array of evidences of apostasy in Christian history. The reliance on Protestant writers produced a heavy emphasis in LDS accounts of the apostasy on the late medieval corruption of the Catholic Church.
These scholars focused on the effects of the apostasy, noting the various changes to the doctrines and ordinances of the early Christian church, rather than focusing on the causes of the apostasy. Since the classic treatments of this topic were written, an enormous amount of new material and new scholarship has been made available. Thus, Early Christians in Disarray enables readers to better understand when and why the apostasy actually took place.