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Mormons and the Bible : The Place of the Latter-day Saints in American Religion

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The Mormons have been one of the most studied American religious groups; still, no consensus exists about the essential nature of the movement or its place in American religion. In this study, Barlow analyzes the approaches taken to the Bible by key Mormon leaders, from founder Joseph Smith up to the present day. He shows that Mormon attitudes toward the Bible comprise an extraordinary mix of conservative, liberal, and radical ingredients: an almost fundamentalist adherence to the King James Version of the Bible coexists with belief in the possibility of new revelation and surprising ideas on the limits of human language. Exploring this unique Mormon stance on scripture, Barlow takes important steps toward unraveling the mystery of this quintessential American religious phenomenon.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 140 x 206.5 x 14.5mm | 333.42g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 10 pp halftones
  • 0195109716
  • 9780195109719
  • 1,643,898

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"A model of what other cultural studies of scripture might be....Goes well beyond existing literature in both its breadth of research into actual Mormon practice and its subtlety of interpretation about the place of Mormon scripturism in American cultural life....The book, in sum, is a treasure."--Modern Theology"Gives non-Mormons a scholarly and incisively written look at the tradition Joseph Smith set in motion. Further, it creates for Latter-day Saint readers an opportunity for enlightened and enlightening self-analysis."--Journal of Mormon History"It would be difficult to think of a better book for non-Mormons to read on Mormonism than Barlow's. He places Mormonism in a comparative context as few others have."--Religious Studies Review"A model of what other cultural studies of scripture might be....Goes well beyond existing literature in both its breadth of research into actual Mormon practice and its subtlety of interpretation about the place of Mormon scripturism in American cultural life....The book, in sum, is a treasure."--Modern Theology"Gives non-Mormons a scholarly and incisively written look at the tradition Joseph Smith set in motion. Further, it creates for Latter-day Saint readers an opportunity for enlightened and enlightening self-analysis."--Journal of Mormon History"One of the most interesting books I have read on Mormonism in recent years....This is a persuasive and well-written book that offers a fresh approach to understanding the saints within a larger context of American religion."--American Historical Review"An important seminal work, among the five or six most significant works examining Mormonism's rich and varied past to appear over the course of the past 20 years. As such, it is highly recommended as essential reading for all students of Mormon studies and the American West generally."--Journal ofthe West"As both a former employee of the LDS church's religious educational system and ashow more

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The Mormons have been one of the most studied American religious groups; still, no consensus exists about the essential nature of the movement or its place in American religion. In this study, Barlow analyzes the approaches taken to the Bible by key Mormon leaders. Exploring this unique Mormon stance on scripture, Barlow takes important steps toward unraveling the mystery of this quintessential American religious phenomenon.show more

About Philip L. Barlow

Philip L. Barlow is Associate Professor of Theological Studies at Hanover College.show more

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