By Gary Shepherd,Gordon Shepherd
In Binding Earth and Heaven, Gary Shepherd and Gordon Shepherd use early nineteenth-century Mormonism as a case research to check questions on how new spiritual pursuits may perhaps, as infrequent exceptions, continue to exist or even ultimately turn into winning despite severe competition. preliminary scorn and contempt for Mormonism—the fledgling production of the younger Joseph Smith—quickly increased to mob violence as either Smith’s leading edge teachings and switched over fans proliferated, leading to the generally held notion that the Mormons constituted a social risk. This ebook examines how Mormonism attracted and maintained the loyalty of accelerating numbers of individuals regardless of mounting hostilities and critical hardships.
The ebook specializes in the original Mormon ritual (and accompanying doctrinal underpinnings) of “patriarchal blessings.” Patriarchal benefits have been an leading edge model of the outdated testomony perform of fathers making quasi-legal pronouncements over the heads in their sons—a manner of verbally conferring rights, provides, admonition, and assistance to heirs. Binding Earth and Heaven shows how the organizational complexities of this custom contributed to strengthening and maintaining member religion and fealty, thereby bolstering the continuity and improvement of Mormonism.
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Binding Earth and Heaven: Patriarchal Blessings in the Prophetic Development of Early Mormonism by Gary Shepherd,Gordon Shepherd