Building the Kingdom

Building the Kingdom

A History of Mormons in America

Book - 2001
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Blackwell North Amer
The Mormon church - formally, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - is one of the world's fastest-growing religions, doubling its membership every fifteen years. Building the Kingdom traces the group's tumultuous history, from its humble origins in small-town New York State in 1830 to its present international stature. The authors introduce the faith's charismatic early leaders, Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, delve deeply into Mormon rites and traditions, follow the adventurous trail of the Mormon pioneers into the West, evoke the momentous rise of Salt Lake City, and describe the numerous skirmishes and court battles between Mormons and their neighbors, other religions, and the American government.
They describe the church's formidable institutional apparatus, the unique role of women in Mormon affairs, both before and after the Mormons' practice of polygamy, and how the church has addressed the challenges of modernity. Throughout, the Bushmans demonstrate how the rise of a small and persecuted movement intersected and even transformed the history of the American nation.

Oxford University Press
Mormonism is one of the world's fastest growing religions, doubling its membership every 15 years. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the formal denomination of the Mormon church) is now 10 million strong, with more than half of its membership coming from outside the United States. More than 88 million copies of The Book of Mormon have been printed, and it has been translated into more than 50 languages. Mormons in America tells the tumultuous story of this religious group, from its humble origins in small-town New York State in 1830 to its present heyday. Claudia and Richard Bushman introduce us to charismatic leaders like Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, go deep behind Mormon rites and traditions, take us along the adventurous trail of the Mormon pioneers into the West, evoke the momentous erection of Salt Lake City in the desert, and draw us into the dozens of skirmishes, verbal attacks, and court battles between Mormons and their neighbors, other religions, the media, and the American government.

Religion in American Life explores the evolution, character, and dynamic of organized religion in America from 1500 to the present day. Written by distinguished historians of religion, these books weave together the varying stories that compose the religious fabric of the United States, from Puritanism to alternative religious practices. Primary source material coupled with handsome illustrations and lucid text make these books essential in any exploration of America's diverse nature. Each book includes a chronology, suggestions for further reading, and an index.

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2001]
Copyright Date: ©2001
ISBN: 9780195150223
0195150228
Branch Call Number: 289.3 Bushman 2001
Characteristics: xi, 123 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Bushman, Richard L

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