Shakers, Mormons, and Religious Worlds

Shakers, Mormons, and Religious Worlds

Conflicting Visions, Contested Boundaries
Stephen C. Taysom
Distribution: World
Publication date: 11/22/2010
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-253-35540-9
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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.

Author Bio

Stephen C. Taysom teaches in the Department of Religious Studies at Cleveland State University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Catherine L. Albanese and Stephen J. Stein

1. The Shakers in the World: Walls and Bridges
2. Imagination and Reality in the Mormon Zion: Cities, Temples, and Bodies
3. Godly Marriage and Divine Androgyny: Polygamy and Celibacy
4. Boundaries in Crisis: The Shaker Era of Manifestations and the Mormon Reformation


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