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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... 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 spiritual bonds contracted , valid for ...
... 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 ...
... spiritual wifery " philosophy of Emanuel Swedenborg ( 1688-1772 ) . Swedenborg , an eminent Swedish scientist who turned to theology in middle age , wrote a number of books setting forth " heavenly doctrines " which he claimed were ...
THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS
STIRRINGS IN NAUVOO
PROTECTING THE LORDS ANOINTED
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