The refiner's fire : the making of Mormon cosmology, 1644-1844 (Book, 1994) []
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The refiner's fire : the making of Mormon cosmology, 1644-1844

The refiner's fire : the making of Mormon cosmology, 1644-1844

Author: John L Brooke
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Mormon religious belief has long been a mystery to outsiders, either dismissed as anomalous to the American religious tradition or extolled as the most genuine creation of the American religious imagination. This study presents the first extended analysis of Mormon theology to have been written against the backdrop of religion and popular culture in the early modern North Atlantic world, a context that permits the  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John L Brooke
ISBN: 0521345456 9780521345453 9780521565646 0521565642
OCLC Number: 28928183
Description: xix, 421 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I.A prepared people. Dreams of the primal Adam --
The true spiritual seed --
Something of our ancestors --
Part II. Hermetic purity and hermetic danger. A Urim spiritual --
Alchymical experiments --
I was born in Sharon --
Part III. The Mormon dispensation. Secret combinations and slippery treasures in the land of Zarahemla --
The mysteries defined --
Temples, wives, bogus-making, and war --
The keys to the kingdom --
A tangle of strings and the kingdom of God --
Let mysteries alone.
Responsibility: John L. Brooke.
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This 1995 book presents an alternative and comprehensive understanding of the roots of Mormon religion, which proposes that the faithful will become gods, placing it in the hermetic tradition of the  Read more...


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"John Brooke takes a controversial romp over the field of previous Mormon scholarship. When he has done, he has managed to raise the intellectual pedigree of Joseph Smith by establishing his close Read more...

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