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The Mormon people : the making of an American faith

Author: Matthew Burton Bowman
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2012]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Paperback editionView all editions and formats
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With Mormonism on the nation's radar as never before, religious historian Matthew Bowman has written an essential book that pulls back the curtain on more than 180 years of Mormon history and doctrine. He recounts the church's origins and explains how the Mormon vision has evolved -- and with it the esteem in which Mormons have been held in the eyes of their countrymen. Admired on the one hand as hardworking  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew Burton Bowman
ISBN: 9780679644903 0679644903 9780679644910 0679644911 9780812983364 081298336X
OCLC Number: 1026438146
Description: xxi, 328 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Joseph Smith and the first Mormons : to 1831 --
Little Zions : 1831-1839 --
City of Joseph : 1839-1846 --
Come, come, ye saints : 1846-1877 --
The rise and fall of plural marriage : 1852-1896 --
Eternal progression : 1890-1945 --
Correlation : 1945-1978 --
Toward a global church : 1978-2011.
Responsibility: Matthew Bowman.
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With Mormonism on the nation's radar as never before, religious historian Matthew Bowman has written an essential book that pulls back the curtain on more than 180 years of Mormon history and doctrine. He recounts the church's origins and explains how the Mormon vision has evolved -- and with it the esteem in which Mormons have been held in the eyes of their countrymen. Admired on the one hand as hardworking paragons of family values, Mormons have also been derided as oddballs and persecuted as polygamists, heretics, and zealots. The place of Mormonism in public life continues to generate heated debate, yet the faith ahs never been more popular. One of the fastest-growing religions in the world, it retains an uneasy sense of its relationship with the main line of American culture. Mormons will surely play an even greater role in American civic life in the years ahead. The Mormon People comes as a vital addition to the annals of American religious history -- a frank and balanced demystification of a faith that remains a mystery for many.--From publisher description.

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