Shakers, Mormons, and Religious Worlds

Shakers, Mormons, and Religious Worlds

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Among America's more interesting new religious movements, the Shakers and the Mormons came to be thought of as separate and distinct from mainstream Protestantism. Using archives and historical materials from the 19th century, Stephen C. Taysom shows how these groups actively maintained boundaries and created their own thriving, but insular communities. Taysom discovers a core of innovation deployed by both the Shakers and the Mormons through which they embraced their status as outsiders. Their marginalization was critical to their initial success. As he skillfully negotiates the differences between Shakers and Mormons, Taysom illuminates the characteristics which set these groups apart and helped them to become true religious dissenters.The Shakers came to view the practice of celibacy as part of the re- constitution of true Christianity, which had been corrupted ... all early Christians, because they were endowed with only a degree of truth, but that the Christians in Jerusalem did practice it. One of the more interesting pieces of evidence offered by Green and Wells for this view is the presence of celibate orders within the Catholic Church.

Title:Shakers, Mormons, and Religious Worlds
Author:Stephen C. Taysom
Publisher:Indiana University Press - 2010-11-22


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