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Prophetic authority : democratic hierarchy and the Mormon priesthood

Author: Michael Hubbard MacKay
Publisher: Urbana, Chicago, and Springfield : University of Illinois Press, [2020]
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"Religious authority has long been a central concern for religious traditions. This is especially the case for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Indeed, the Mormon tradition's emphasis on prophetic authority makes them unique within American religious culture. This book will trace the contours of Mormonism's unique claim to religious authority, and what such a claim can tells us about the surrounding  Read more...
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MacKay, Michael Hubbard.
Prophetic authority
Urbana, Chicago, and Springfield : University of Illinois Press, [2020]
(DLC) 2019041036
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Hubbard MacKay
ISBN: 9780252051876 0252051874
OCLC Number: 1131868959
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Introduction : antebellum religious authority and the development of Mormon priesthood --
Prophetic authority : the prophet of the burned-over district --
Authority, baptism, and angelic restoration --
Apostleship and the authority of change --
Church : materializing authority and ordaining the prophet --
The development of Mormon priesthood --
The Kingdom of God : the authority of Peter, James, and John --
Calculating salvation : priesthood practice and Mormon ritual --
Epilogue : the fullness of the priesthood.
Responsibility: Michael Hubbard MacKay.

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"Religious authority has long been a central concern for religious traditions. This is especially the case for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Indeed, the Mormon tradition's emphasis on prophetic authority makes them unique within American religious culture. This book will trace the contours of Mormonism's unique claim to religious authority, and what such a claim can tells us about the surrounding context from which it emerged. Though most Americans ideologically opposed the idea of monarchy and politically equated it with tyranny and suppression, religion created a space in which individuals could build a kingdom of God and one could worship a divine king. Mormonism can be thus aligned with American's post-Revolutionary "nostalgia for monarchy," framing its development within the concept of American religious authority that was being shaped by the symbiotic relationship of American religion and cultural authority. The religion Joseph Smith created not only established a kingdom of God, it positioned him as the authoritative voice of Christ on earth, successfully shaping an independent religious authority in which the voice of the prophet formed cities, established economies, and arranged governance. Prophetic Authority examines the origins of the LDS priesthood and its relationship to Joseph Smith's notions of religious authority, and specifically investigates the evolution of the concept of prophetic authority. MacKay argues that the ecstatic element of Smith's experiences, which eventually becomes a central part of Smith's articulation of a priesthood restoration, can be read as growing out of the nineteenth-century American revivalism particular to the Burned Over District. The project takes a solid historical work a step further in terms of analysis and theological interpretation, which leads to some fascinating new claims and discussions"--

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