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Eric A. Eliason (Editor), Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2001, 6x9" softbound, 250 pages plus index.

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 its connection to or disjunction from other divisions of Christianity. Other essays explore ethnicity as a way of thinking about the Mormon experience and culture clashes in the church's missionary efforts. Mormons and Mormonism also places beliefs such as vicarious baptism for the dead, the sanctity of parenthood, and a continuation of the marriage bond after death in a larger context of community and religious ideals.


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


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