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Joseph Smith and Creation of the Sacred

Richard Lyman Bushman

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/9780195369786.003.007
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


What is Christmas?

Christopher Deacy

in Christmas as Religion: Rethinking Santa, the Secular, and the Sacred

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780198754565
eISBN:
9780191816192
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198754565.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Religious Studies

This chapter begins with a discussion of the special, even extraordinary, way in which Christmas has such a monopoly on our lives, irrespective of geographical location and how its observance is ... More


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