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Equal rites : the Book of Mormon, Masonry, gender, and American culture

Author: Clyde R Forsberg, Jr.
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2004.
Series: Religion and American culture (New York, N.Y.)
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"Both the Prophet Joseph Smith and his Book of Mormon have been characterized as ardently, indeed evangelically, anti-Masonic. Yet in this sweeping social, cultural, and religious history of nineteenth-century Mormonism and its milieu, Clyde Forsberg argues that Masonry, like evangelical Christianity, was an essential component of Smith's vision. Smith's ability to imaginatively conjoin the two into a powerful and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Joseph Smith, Jr.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Clyde R Forsberg, Jr.
ISBN: 0231126409 9780231126403
OCLC Number: 50184925
Description: xxiv, 326 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Mormon Masonry? --
The wax and wane of Masonry in American culture --
The Mormon-Masonic nexus --
Reading a sealed book --
Was Joseph Smith a Mason? --
Dreaming Masonry: getting the story plumb --
As the words of a book that is sealed: the book of Mormon as esoteric male (Hi) story --
Fleeing Babel with mother and child in tow --
The quest within the quest --
A Bible! A Bible! We have got a Bible --
The search for the long lost book in the Book of Mormon --
What manner of (Masonic) men? --
The anti-evangelical mind of Joseph Smith Jr. --
Whether a man can enter a second time into his mother's womb --
Heaven and hell: divining the ghost of Emmanuel Swedenborg --
Father-son and Holy Ghost-mother? --
The Mormon-God question --
The millennial, racial economic, and political confederacy --
The kingdom come: on earth as it is in heaven --
Mormons and Jews --
The curse and redemption of the lamanites: salvation bi-race alone --
The economic kingdom of God: Masonic utopianism unveiled --
The "Americanness" of Mormonism.
Series Title: Religion and American culture (New York, N.Y.)
Responsibility: Clyde R. Forsberg, Jr.

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