Mormon Polygamy: A History
Signature Books, 1989 - 255 Seiten
In this comprehensive survey of Mormon Polygamy, Richard Van Wagoner details, with precision and detachment, the tumultuous reaction among insiders and outsiders to plural marriage. In an honest, methodical way, he traces the origins, the peculiarities common to the midwestern and later Utah periods, and post-1890 new marriages. Drawing heavily on first-hand accounts, he outlines the theological underpinnings and the personal trauma associated with this lifestyle.
What emerges is a portrait that neither discounts nor exaggerates the historical evidence. He presents polygamy in context, neither condemning nor defending, while relevant contemporary accounts are treated sympathetically but interpreted critically. No period of Mormon history is emphasized over another. The result is a systematic view that is unavailable in studies of isolated periods or in the repetitions of folklore that only disguise the reality of what polygamy was.
Scattered throughout the western United States today are an estimated 30,000 fundamentalist Mormons who still live “the principle.” They, too, are a part of Joseph Smith's legacy and are included in this study.
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As a part of their doctrine , adherents advocated " spiritual wifery , " a concept
nearly identical to Mormon eternal marriage , wherein “ all arrangements for a life
in heaven may be made on earth . . . spiritual friendships may be formed , and ...
Though “ spiritual wifery " in Mormon usage much later came to be equated with
promiscuous intercourse or “ free love , " this was evidently not the contemporary
Nauvoo meaning . “ Polygamy , " " spiritual wifery , " " spiritual marriage , ” and ...
What of spiritual wifery ? A . There was no revelation on either polygamy , or
spiritual wives . There were some rumors or something of the sort , of which I
asked my husband . He assured me that all there was to it was that , in a chat
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LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - amydross - LibraryThing
A truly fascinating work. I bought this book in a mainline LDS-run bookstore, so I can only imagine that it must have been approved by the church hierarchy. That said, it appears to be irreproachably ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
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Single best volume to understand the development of polygamy in Mormon history. Vollständige Rezension lesen
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