People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Culture

People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Culture


In People of Paradox, Terryl Givens strains the increase and improvement of Mormon tradition from the times of Joseph Smith in upstate big apple, via Brigham Young's founding of the Territory of Deseret at the shorelines of serious Salt Lake, to the unfold of the Latter-Day Saints all over the world.
during the final century and a part, Givens notes, special traditions have emerged one of the Latter-Day Saints, formed by means of dynamic tensions--or paradoxes--that supply Mormon cultural expression a lot of its energy. here's a faith formed via a inflexible authoritarian hierarchy and radical individualism; via prophetic simple task and a party of studying and highbrow research; via life in exile and a longing for integration and attractiveness through the bigger international. Givens divides Mormon historical past into sessions, separated by way of the renunciation of polygamy in 1890. In every one, he explores the lifetime of the brain, the emphasis on schooling, the significance of structure and concrete making plans (so obvious in Salt Lake urban and Mormon temples round the world), and Mormon accomplishments in song and dance, theater, movie, literature, and the visible arts. He situates such cultural practices within the context of the society of the bigger country and, in additional fresh years, the area. this day, he observes, in simple terms fourteen percentage of Mormon believers stay within the usa.
Mormonism hasn't ever been extra renowned in public existence. yet there's a wealthy internal existence underneath the general public floor, one deftly captured during this sympathetic, nuanced account through a number one authority on Mormon historical past and thought.

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