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Mormonism is one of the world's fastest growing religions, doubling its membership every 15 years. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the formal denomination of the Mormon church) is now 10 million strong, with more than half of its membership coming from outside the United States. More than 88 million copies of The Book of Mormon have been printed, and it has been translated into more than 50 languages. Mormons in America tells the tumultuous story of this religious group, from its humble origins in small-town New York State in 1830 to its present heyday. Claudia and Richard Bushman introduce us to charismatic leaders like Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, go deep behind Mormon rites and traditions, take us along the adventurous trail of the Mormon pioneers into the West, evoke the momentous erection of Salt Lake City in the desert, and draw us into the dozens of skirmishes, verbal attacks, and court battles between Mormons and their neighbors, other religions, the media, and the American government. Religion in American Life explores the evolution, character, and dynamic of organized religion in America from 1500 to the present day. Written by distinguished historians of religion, these books weave together the varying stories that compose the religious fabric of the United States, from Puritanism to alternative religious practices. Primary source material coupled with handsome illustrations and lucid text make these books essential in any exploration of America's diverse nature. Each book includes a chronology, suggestions for further reading, and an index.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 144 pages
  • 197.1 x 242.1 x 14.5mm | 547.41g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 69 photos
  • 0195106776
  • 9780195106770

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Tells the remarkable story of how a new religion was born, developed amid persecution and hardship, and became one of the world's fastest growing faiths....Gives great insight into Mormon beliefs and the elaborate organization of community life that is a hallmark of the faith. * Christian Science Monitor * Objective and nonjudgmental. * The Horn Book Guide * A rich and sympathetic portrayal of what for a time was America's most persecuted religious minority. * Wall Street Journal * An engaging and accessible overview ... An informative, sympathetic introduction to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. A major strength of this book is its graceful prose. * Religious Studies in Secondary Schools * Exceptional in that, within the context of its socio-historical background, a fundamental explanation of the religion is provided. * MultiCultural Review * A clear, concise, and unbiased account of Mormon history, especially as it relates to the issue of church and state. [The Bushmans] are honest about the number of disaffected Mormons and examine problems within Mormon history, such as the relationship with Native Americans....Serious treatment of the subject at hand in a way that makes [it] attractive for popular reading by combining text, photographs and original documents. * Library Journal * A well-rounded treatment that not only presents readers with the facts but also deals with questions that naturally arise....While emphasizing the strengths of Mormonism, the book also looks carefully at some of the controversies that have surrounded it....A strong resource for libraries. * Booklist * Highly readable and presents a balanced portrayal of the Mormons... Recommended. * Book Report * An admirable and objective history of the Mormon church... Invaluable for any reader wanting to learn something about the Mormon religion; even Mormon readers will find this book a very useful guide to their church's history. * VOYA * The Religion in American Life series meets a need as we strive to educate students beyond the ignorance and confusion that often breeds intolerance. * MultiCultural Review * [The] texts are concise..., engagingly written, and well illustrated.... Promises to be a lively and accessible read for anyone interested in the various human dramas that constitute America's religious journey. As religious diversity is now growing in the US, and some are concerned about what values will hold the country together, a series that explains Americans clearly to one another is something to be valued. * The Christian Science Monitor * This series, written in a style that would be accessible to bright high-schoolers, promises to be an excellent supplement to textbooks that too often downplay the central role religion has played in American history. * Library Journal * Praise for the Religion in American Life series: A clear, concise, and unbiased account of Mormon history, especially as it relates to the issue of church and state. [The Bushmans] are honest about the number of disaffected Mormons and examine problems within Mormon history, such as the relationship with Native Americans.... Serious treatment of the subject at hand in a way that makes [it] attractive for popular reading by combining text, photographs and original documents. * Library Journal * An admirable and objective history of the Mormon church... Invaluable for any reader wanting to learn something about the Mormon religion; even Mormon readers will find this book a very useful guide to their church's history. * VOYA * An engaging and accessible overview ... An informative, sympathetic introduction to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. A major strength of this book is its graceful prose. * Religious Studies in Secondary Schools * A rich and sympathetic portrayal of what for a time was America's most persecuted religious minority. * The Wall Street Journal * A well-rounded treatment that not only presents readers with the facts but also deals with questions that naturally arise... While emphasizing the strengths of Mormonism, the book also looks carefully at some of the controversies that have surrounded it... A strong resource for libraries. * Booklist * Tells the remarkable story of how a new religion was born, developed amid persecution and hardship, and became one of the world's fastest growing faiths... Gives great insight into Mormon beliefs and the elaborate organization of community life that is a hallmark of the faith. * The Christian Science Monitor *show more

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