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A peculiar people : anti-Mormonism and the making of religion in nineteenth-century America

Author: J Spencer Fluhman
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Though the U.S. Constitution guarantees the free exercise of religion, it does not specify what counts as a religion. From its founding in the 1830s, Mormonism, a homegrown American faith, drew thousands of converts but far more critics. In A Peculiar People, J. Spencer Fluhman offers a comprehensive history of anti-Mormon thought and the associated passionate debates about religious authenticity in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Church history
Controversial literature
History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J Spencer Fluhman
ISBN: 9780807835715 0807835714 9781469618852 1469618850
OCLC Number: 778244920
Description: 229 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: On familiarity and contempt --
Religious liberty as an American problem --
"Impostor" : the Mormon prophet. Authenticity and disestablishment ; Interlopers in the Protestant historical pantheon ; Counterfeiters of faith and currency --
"Delusion" : early Mormon religiosity. Mormon spirituality and the threat of enthusiasm ; Religion, madness, and the search for rational faith ; Enlightened Christianity and the problem of Mormon evidence --
"Fanaticism" : the church as (un)holy city. The political burden of the Mormon gathering ; The discovery of a Mormon theology ; The politics of expulsion --
"Barbarism" : rhetorics of alienation. Empire(s) in the West ; The problem of Mormon whiteness ; Mormon women, the ungrateful objects of American pity --
"Heresy" : Americanizing the American religion. Mormonism in the crowd of world religions ; Textbook Mormons and the weight of Mormon history ; Mormonism (almost) defanged.
Responsibility: J. Spencer Fluhman.
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