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Introduction

Reid L. Neilson and Terryl L. Givens

in Joseph Smith, Jr.: Reappraisals After Two Centuries

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195369786
eISBN:
9780199871292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369786.003.001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

As scholars of the American religious past and present continue to move away from the consensus model, in which the upstart Latter-day Saint tradition had no real fit, and embrace conflict, contact, ... More


Prophets in America circa 1830: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nat Turner, Joseph Smith

Richard H. Brodhead

in Joseph Smith, Jr.: Reappraisals After Two Centuries

Published in print:
2009
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January 2009
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9780195369786
eISBN:
9780199871292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369786.003.002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter finds that by contextualizing Smith's history as prophetic autobiography alongside Nat Turner's, uncannily similar aspects emerge. As a result, what the chapter calls a history of ... More


“I Love All Men Who Dive”: Herman Melville and Joseph Smith

Richard Dilworth Rust

in Joseph Smith, Jr.: Reappraisals After Two Centuries

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2009
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January 2009
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9780195369786
eISBN:
9780199871292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369786.003.004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter illuminates Smith's religious-making imagination by juxtaposing him with America's greatest myth-making novelist of the 19th century, Herman Melville. Melville revealed a recurrent ... More


The Metaphysical Joseph Smith

Catherine L. Albanese

in Joseph Smith, Jr.: Reappraisals After Two Centuries

Published in print:
2009
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January 2009
ISBN:
9780195369786
eISBN:
9780199871292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369786.003.005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines the Mormon prophet as a metaphysical figure. Noting that American religious history has too often limited itself to mainstream denominationalism and evangelicalism, the chapter ... More


Joseph Smith vs. John C. Calhoun: The States’ Rights Dilemma and Early Mormon History

James B. Allen

in Joseph Smith, Jr.: Reappraisals After Two Centuries

Published in print:
2009
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January 2009
ISBN:
9780195369786
eISBN:
9780199871292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369786.003.006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter begins with a discussion of the 1832 secession crisis involving South Carolina, reminding us that the popular violence enacted against the Mormons occurred in the immediate context of ... More


Joseph Smith and Creation of the Sacred

Richard Lyman Bushman

in Joseph Smith, Jr.: Reappraisals After Two Centuries

Published in print:
2009
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January 2009
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9780195369786
eISBN:
9780199871292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369786.003.007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter proposes a simple fundamental in its account for Joseph Smith's religious appeal: he met a human need for the sacred. So, of course, do all religions, but Smith was different, the ... More


Joseph Smith: Prophecy, Process, and Plenitude

Terryl L. Givens

in Joseph Smith, Jr.: Reappraisals After Two Centuries

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195369786
eISBN:
9780199871292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369786.003.008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter connects Joseph Smith's religion-making, in both its scope and its method, to the intellectual revolution called Romanticism. Like all intellectual revolutionaries of that era from ... More


Visions, Revelations, and Courage in Joseph Smith

Douglas J. Davies

in Joseph Smith, Jr.: Reappraisals After Two Centuries

Published in print:
2009
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January 2009
ISBN:
9780195369786
eISBN:
9780199871292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369786.003.009
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter applies the analytical insights of Paul Tillich and William Whyte to the revelatory production of Joseph Smith. These choices are intended to further the project of an interdisciplinary, ... More


Seeking the Face of the Lord: Joseph Smith and the First Temple Tradition

Margaret Barker and Kevin Christensen

in Joseph Smith, Jr.: Reappraisals After Two Centuries

Published in print:
2009
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January 2009
ISBN:
9780195369786
eISBN:
9780199871292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369786.003.010
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter comes to Mormonism as something only tangentially related to this chapter's author's own work in radically reformulating our understanding of ancient Jewish religion. The author of this ... More


Tracking the Sincere Believer: “Authentic” Religion and the Enduring Legacy of Joseph Smith Jr.

Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp

in Joseph Smith, Jr.: Reappraisals After Two Centuries

Published in print:
2009
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January 2009
ISBN:
9780195369786
eISBN:
9780199871292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369786.003.011
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter furthers the project of an intellectually richer account of Mormonism by offering a critique of the centrality of sympathy in the polemics that have engulfed Mormon historical studies ... More


The Possibility of Joseph Smith: Some Evangelical Probings

Richard J. Mouw

in Joseph Smith, Jr.: Reappraisals After Two Centuries

Published in print:
2009
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January 2009
ISBN:
9780195369786
eISBN:
9780199871292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369786.003.012
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter contributes to the evangelical understanding of Joseph Smith. The interest of evangelical scholars in Mormonism has tended to be in the context of apologetics rather than scholarly ... More


The Prophethood of Joseph Smith

Wayne Hudson

in Joseph Smith, Jr.: Reappraisals After Two Centuries

Published in print:
2009
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January 2009
ISBN:
9780195369786
eISBN:
9780199871292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369786.003.013
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter argues that Joseph Smith is a genuine prophet of world historical importance. In a bold reversal (a non-Mormon), it takes such status as a historical given and a starting point that can ... More


Joseph Smith and Nineteenth-Century Mormon Mappings of Asian Religions

Reid L. Neilson

in Joseph Smith, Jr.: Reappraisals After Two Centuries

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195369786
eISBN:
9780199871292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369786.003.014
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter turns to the subject of what Joseph Smith himself had to say about Mormonism's relationship to other religions, and ways of accommodating religious pluralism. It further traces the ... More


Studying Joseph Smith Jr.: A Guide to the Sources

David J. Whittaker

in Joseph Smith, Jr.: Reappraisals After Two Centuries

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195369786
eISBN:
9780199871292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369786.003.015
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter provides a bicentennial bibliographical chapter about the Mormon founder. It divides the voluminous manuscript sources on Smith into the various categories of journals, sermons and ... More


Hopes of Israel

Zvi Ben‐Dor Benite

in The Ten Lost Tribes: A World History

Published in print:
2009
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September 2009
ISBN:
9780195307337
eISBN:
9780199867868
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307337.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter discusses the political and theological role the ten tribes played in English imagination since the 17th century. It centers around the “Hope of Israel,” the most important book on the ... More


The Mormon Menace: Violence and Anti-Mormonism in the Postbellum South

Patrick Mason

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199740024
eISBN:
9780199894666
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740024.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

In the late nineteenth century, Mormonism was the most vilified homegrown American religion. Anti-Mormonism was a significant intellectual, legal, religious, and cultural movement, uniting ... More


By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture that Launched a New World Religion

Terryl L. Givens

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195138184
eISBN:
9780199834211
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019513818X.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This book assesses the tempestuous impact and reception history of the Book of Mormon, produced by Joseph Smith in 1830, and the primary scripture of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‐day Saints. ... More


From Methodists to Mormons: Attacking Predestination in the Young Republic

Peter J. Thuesen

in Predestination: The American Career of a Contentious Doctrine

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195174274
eISBN:
9780199872138
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195174274.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Theology, Church History

In replacing monarchy with republicanism, the American Revolution set the stage for the growth of a variety of upstart groups united by their back‐to‐the‐Bible mentality and their conviction that ... More


Introduction

Patrick Q. Mason

in The Mormon Menace: Violence and Anti-Mormonism in the Postbellum South

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199740024
eISBN:
9780199894666
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740024.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

In May 1857, LDS apostle Parley P. Pratt, one of early Mormonism’s greatest defenders, was shot down in Arkansas by Hector McLean, the legal husband of a woman Pratt had taken as a plural wife two ... More


Epilogue: Separating the Ewes from the Rams; or, Seeing through a New Lens

Karin E. Gedge

in Without Benefit of Clergy: Women and the Pastoral Relationship in Nineteenth-Century American Culture

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780195130201
eISBN:
9780199835157
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195130200.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Gedge asks scholars to reject the “feminization” paradigm for understanding women’s role in the nineteenth-century American Protestant church. In its stead, she proposes a “great” or masculine ... More


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