Mormons and Mormonism

Mormons and Mormonism : An Introduction to an American World Religion

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"Mormons and Mormonism" gathers key essays by leading scholars on the history, foundational ideas and practices, and worldwide expansion of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The ideal introduction to Mormonism, this choice sampler provides a selective overview of what many historians consider the most innovative and successful religion to emerge during the spiritual ferment of antebellum America. This volume explains how the earliest Mormons viewed their religion and suggests that the Book of Mormon appeared to them as an exciting document of social protest. Contributors consider the history of persecution of the Mormons, the church's relationship with the state of Utah and with other divisions of Christianity, and culture clashes in the church's missionary efforts. "Mormons and Mormonism" also places beliefs such as vicarious baptism for the dead in a larger context of community and religious ideals. The founding of Mormonism and its rapid emergence as a new world religion are among the most intriguing aspects of American religious history and among the most neglected in the religion classroom. This much-needed volume lays the groundwork for a better understanding of the LDS Church and its historical and potential impact on the United States and the world.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 158.2 x 237.2 x 21.8mm | 617.08g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252026098
  • 9780252026096

Table of contents

Introduction / Eric A. Eliason -- Soaring with the gods : early Mormons and the eclipse of religious pluralism / Richard T. Hughes -- Mormons / Dean L. May -- "Is Mormonism Christian?" : reflections on a complicated question / Jan Shipps -- "This great modern abomination" : orthodoxy and heresy in American religion / Terryl L. Givens -- The populist view of Joseph Smith / Nathan O. Hatch -- Modern heaven--and a theology / Colleen McDannell and Bernhard Lang -- Beyond the stereotypes : Mormon and non-Mormon communities in twentieth-century Mormondom / Jan Shipps -- Utah and the Mormons : a symbiotic relationship / Richard D. Poll -- Noble savages / Michael Hicks -- Mormonism, millenarianism, and modernity / Grant Underwood -- The basis of Mormon success :a theoretical application / Rodney Stark.show more

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"Provides college students with a useful introduction to the Latter-day Saint religion in the U.S." -- Choice ADVANCE PRAISE "This is a useful and balanced collection, one that brings together from disparate sources some of the best scholarship on Mormonism." - Randall Balmer, author of Blessed Assurance: A History of Evangelicalism in America "Every so often we need a compilation of the latest and best in Mormon studies. This collection edited by Eric Eliason, better than anything in print, gives us an idea of where we stand right now. Based on this work, Eliason makes the startling assertion that we must now look at Mormonism as an emergent world religion. A far cry from the older view of Mormonism as a cult, this judgment, if it holds, will require a broad reassessment of how we conduct Mormon studies." - Richard L. Bushman, author of Joseph Smith and the Beginnings of Mormonismshow more

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