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Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism

Terryl L. Givens and Matthew J. Grow

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780195375732
eISBN:
9780199918300
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195375732.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

In 1853, Parley P. Pratt mused that his personal history would be “far more strange” than “the thousand volumes of Modern Fiction.” He wrote, “I have been a farmer, a servant, a fisher, a digger, a ... More


The Young Seeker

Terryl L. Givens and Matthew J. Grow

in Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780195375732
eISBN:
9780199918300
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195375732.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Parley Pratt’s Puritan ancestry prefigured his own life of religious conflict and independence, with Anne Hutchinson and John Lathrop among his forbears. His immediate background was impoverished and ... More


 “The Glory of God Is Intelligence”: Mormons and the Life of the Mind

Terryl C. Givens

in People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Culture

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195167115
eISBN:
9780199785599
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167115.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Education is fundamental in Mormonism. Joseph Smith studied Hebrew, and established a School of the Prophets and the University of Nauvoo. Print culture was central to the Mormon church, and early ... More


Introduction

Terryl L. Givens and Matthew J. Grow

in Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780195375732
eISBN:
9780199918300
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195375732.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The introduction argues for Pratt’s significance in shaping early Mormon thought, culture, and history. In addition, it makes the comparison between Pratt’s role in early Mormonism and Paul’s role in ... More


Epilogue

Terryl L. Givens and Matthew J. Grow

in Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780195375732
eISBN:
9780199918300
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195375732.003.0016
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Of Pratt’s many roles, he considered his apostleship paramount. He clearly felt an affinity with Paul. His Autobiography was a self-conscious construction; his late sermons provide a different window ... More


Mormon Overreach? Brigham Young and Parley Pratt

Stephen H. Webb

in Mormon Christianity: What Other Christians Can Learn From the Latter-day Saints

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199316816
eISBN:
9780199369249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199316816.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Mormons were known in their early years for mixing religion and politics and for polygamy. This chapter analyses the roots of those two sets of belief.


“I Lead the Way, Like Columbus”: Joseph Smith, Genocide, and Revelatory Ambiguity

Zachary McLeod Hutchins

in Americanist Approaches to The Book of Mormon

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190221928
eISBN:
9780190221959
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190221928.003.0017
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, Church History

Readers of The Book of Mormon have long identified Christopher Columbus as the “man among the Gentiles” whose divinely prompted journey to the Americas is foretold therein; Columbus thus became a ... More


Orson Pratt’s Enduring Influence on The Book of Mormon

Paul Gutjahr

in Americanist Approaches to The Book of Mormon

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190221928
eISBN:
9780190221959
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190221928.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, Church History

First published in 1830, over the next half-century The Book of Mormon appeared in some dozen new editions. Perhaps the most important edition of the nineteenth century appeared in 1879 and was ... More


Marketing the Book of Mormon to Noah’s Three Sons

Max Perry Mueller

in Race and the Making of the Mormon People

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469636160
eISBN:
9781469633770
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636160.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter traces the different ways the Book of Mormon was marketed to “red,” “white,” and “black” Americans during the first three years after the church was founded in 1830. Because Native ... More


“Except among that Portion of Mankind”: Early Mormon Conceptions of the Apostasy

Christopher C. Jones and Stephen J. Fleming

in Standing Apart: Mormon Historical Consciousness and the Concept of Apostasy

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
June 2014
ISBN:
9780199348138
eISBN:
9780199376735
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199348138.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter examines the multifaceted discourse about the apostasy of Christianity in early Mormon sermons and conversion narratives. It categorizes two prevailing attitudes in this discourse—an ... More


Mormonism and Theology

Terryl L. Givens

in Wrestling the Angel: The Foundations of Mormon Thought: Cosmos, God, Humanity

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2014
ISBN:
9780199794928
eISBN:
9780199378432
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794928.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Church History

In the modern era, Mormons have considered the very enterprise of theology to be largely a secular activity, a sign of true religion’s failure, and not an activity worth pursuing with any energy. But ... More


I Heard Him Relate His First Vision

Steven C. Harper

in First Vision: Memory and Mormon Origins

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780199329472
eISBN:
9780190063092
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199329472.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

Joseph Smith’s reluctance to tell of his first vision ended in the 1830s. This chapter revises the old conclusion that Smith did not tell his vision until the 1840s. Research presented for the first ... More


Monism

Terryl L. Givens

in Wrestling the Angel: The Foundations of Mormon Thought: Cosmos, God, Humanity

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2014
ISBN:
9780199794928
eISBN:
9780199378432
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794928.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Church History

Mormonism maintains that matter and spirit are not just similarly eternal—they are ultimately two manifestations of the same reality or substance. The consequence in Smith’s thought is a collapse of ... More


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