Cover for ELIASON: Mormons and Mormonism: An Introduction to an American World Religion

Mormons and Mormonism

An Introduction to an American World Religion

Key essays by leading scholars on the history, foundational ideas and practices, and worldwide expansion of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Mormons and Mormonism gathers key essays by leading scholars on the history, foundational ideas and practices, and worldwide expansion of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The ideal introduction to Mormonism, this choice sampler provides a selective overview of what many historians consider the most innovative and successful religion to emerge during the spiritual ferment of antebellum America.

This volume explains how the earliest Mormons viewed their religion and suggests that the Book of Mormon appeared to them as an exciting document of social protest. Contributors consider the history of persecution of the Mormons, the church's relationship with the state of Utah and with other divisions of Christianity, and culture clashes in the church's missionary efforts. Mormons and Mormonism also places beliefs such as vicarious baptism for the dead in a larger context of community and religious ideals.

The founding of Mormonism and its rapid emergence as a new world religion are among the most intriguing aspects of American religious history and among the most neglected in the religion classroom. This much-needed volume lays the groundwork for a better understanding of the LDS Church and its historical and potential impact on the United States and the world.

"This is a useful and balanced collection, one that brings together from disparate sources some of the best scholarship on Mormonism."--Randall Balmer, author of Blessed Assurance: A History of Evangelicalism in America

"Every so often we need a compilation of the latest and best in Mormon studies. This collection edited by Eric Eliason, better than anything in print, gives us an idea of where we stand right now. Based on this work, Eliason makes the startling assertion that we must now look at Mormonism as an emergent world religion. A far cry from the older view of Mormonism as a cult, this judgment, if it holds, will require a broad reassessment of how we conduct Mormon studies."--Richard L. Bushman, author of Joseph Smith and the Beginnings of Mormonism

Eric A. Eliason is an assistant professor of English at Brigham Young University, where he teaches folklore and Mormon literature. He holds an M.A. in anthropology and a Ph.D. in American studies.

To order online:
http://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/64zas9pc9780252026096.html

To order by phone:
(800) 621-2736 (USA/Canada)
(773) 702-7000 (International)

Related Titles

previous book next book
African Americans in U.S. Foreign Policy

From the Era of Frederick Douglass to the Age of Obama

Edited by Linda Heywood, Allison Blakely, Charles Stith, and Joshua C. Yesnowitz

Jane Addams in the Classroom

Edited by David Schaafsma

Winning the War for Democracy

The March on Washington Movement, 1941-1946

David Lucander

Redeeming Time

Protestantism and Chicago’s Eight-Hour Movement, 1866-1912

William A. Mirola

Collaborators for Emancipation

Abraham Lincoln and Owen Lovejoy

William F. Moore and Jane Ann Moore

The Voice in the Drum

Music, Language, and Emotion in Islamicate South Asia

Richard K. Wolf

NFL Football

A History of America's New National Pastime

Richard C. Crepeau

The Neighborhood Outfit

Organized Crime in Chicago Heights

Louis Corsino

Before the Ivy

The Cubs' Golden Age in Pre-Wrigley Chicago

Laurent Pernot