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 The Endless Quest and Perfect Knowledge: Searching and Certainty

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/9780195167115.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Joseph built the church on the foundation of dialogic revelation, physical artifacts, testable historical claims, and the promise of spiritual certainty. Truth claims are absolute and categorical. At ... More


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


“And the Shout of a King Is Amongst Us”

Meredith Baldwin Weddle

in Walking in the Way of Peace: Quaker Pacifism in the Seventeenth Century

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195131383
eISBN:
9780199834839
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019513138X.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Gathering as a sect in England in the 1650s, Quakers believed that each person had a “light within,” illuminating not only his own evil but also available as an inner Christ to lead him to God's ... More


Sacred Borders: Continuing Revelation and Canonical Restraint in Early America

David Holland

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199753611
eISBN:
9780199895113
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199753611.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

What belongs in the Bible? Could a New World inspire new chapters of scripture or render old ones obsolete? This book shows that these questions factored more prominently into early American history ... More


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