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Equal rites : the Book of Mormon, Masonry, gender, and American culture  Cover Image E-book E-book

Equal rites : the Book of Mormon, Masonry, gender, and American culture

Forsberg, Clyde R. (Author).

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  • OCLC: ocn815478009
  • Publisher Number: EB00662321 Recorded Books
  • ISBN: 0231507461
  • ISBN: 9780231507462
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xxiv, 326 pages) : illustrations
  • Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2004.

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Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-310) and index.
Contents: Table of Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Part I: The Mormon-Masonic Nexus; Chapter 1: The Mormon-Masonic Nexus; Chapter 2: Was Joseph Smith a Mason?; Chapter 3: Dreaming Masonry: Getting the Story Plumb; Chapter 4: As The Words of a Book That Is Sealed: The Book of Mormon As Esoteric Male (Hi)Story; Chapter 5: Fleeing Babel With Mother and Child in Tow; Part II: The Quest Within the Quest; Chapter 6: A Bible! A Bible! We Have Got a Bible; Chapter 7: The Search For The Long Lost Book In The Book of Mormon; Chapter 8: What Manner of (Masonic) Men?
Part III: The Anti-Evangelical Mind of Joseph Smith Jr. Chapter 9: Whether a Man Can Enter a Second Time Into His Mother's Womb; Chapter 10: Heaven and Hell: Devining the Ghost of Emmanuel Swedenborg; Chapter 11: Father-Son and Holy Ghost-Mother? The Mormon-God Question; Part IV: The Millenial, Racial, Economic, and Political Confederacy; Chapter 12: Thy Kingdom Come: On Earth As It Is In Heaven; Chapter 13: Mormons and Jews; Chapter 14: The Curse and Redemption of the Lamanites: Salvation Bi-Race Alone; Chapter 15: The Economic Kingdom of God: Masonic Utopianism Unveiled; Postscript; Notes.
Summary: Both the Prophet Joseph Smith and his Book of Mormon have been characterized as ardently, indeed evangelically, anti-Masonic. Yet in this sweeping social, cultural, and religious history of nineteenth-century Mormonism and its milieu, Clyde Forsberg argues that masonry, like evangelical Christianity, was an essential component of Smith's vision. Smith's ability to imaginatively conjoin the two into a powerful and evocative defense of Christian, or Primitive, Freemasonry was, Forsberg shows, more than anything else responsible for the meteoric rise of Mormonism in the nineteenth century.
Note: In English.
Subject: Book of Mormon -- Book of Mormon -- Criticism, interpretation, etc
Mormon Church -- Doctrines -- History -- 19th century
Freemasonry -- Religious aspects -- Mormon Church -- History -- 19th century
Women -- Religious aspects -- Mormon Church -- History of doctrines -- 19th century
United States -- Church history -- 19th century

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