The Mormon Question

Polygamy and Constitutional Conflict in Nineteenth-Century America

Author: Sarah Barringer Gordon

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 0807875260

Category: Religion

Page: 352

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From the Mormon Church's public announcement of its sanction of polygamy in 1852 until its formal decision to abandon the practice in 1890, people on both sides of the "Mormon question" debated central questions of constitutional law. Did principles of religious freedom and local self-government protect Mormons' claim to a distinct, religiously based legal order? Or was polygamy, as its opponents claimed, a new form of slavery--this time for white women in Utah? And did constitutional principles dictate that democracy and true liberty were founded on separation of church and state? As Sarah Barringer Gordon shows, the answers to these questions finally yielded an apparent victory for antipolygamists in the late nineteenth century, but only after decades of argument, litigation, and open conflict. Victory came at a price; as attention and national resources poured into Utah in the late 1870s and 1880s, antipolygamists turned more and more to coercion and punishment in the name of freedom. They also left a legacy in constitutional law and political theory that still governs our treatment of religious life: Americans are free to believe, but they may well not be free to act on their beliefs.
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The Mormon Question

Utah and Statehood : Irrefutable Facts and Figures : a Strong and Able Argument

Author: Jeremiah Morrow Wilson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Utah

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A different god?

Mitt Romney, the religious right, and the Mormon question

Author: Craig L. Foster

Publisher: Greg Kofford Books Inc

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 244

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Answering Mormons' Questions

Ready Responses for Inquiring Latter-Day Saints

Author: Bill McKeever,Eric Johnson

Publisher: Kregel Publications

ISBN: 0825488516

Category: Religion

Page: 334

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints currently boasts millions of members, thousands of missionaries, and congregations on every continent as well as in the vast majority of the world’s countries. It’s clear that their influence is still growing in our communities, places of business, and in the political arena. It’s also clear that Christians need to be prepared to answer questions from Mormon friends, neighbors, co-workers, and from fellow believers as well. In this updated and expanded edition of McKeever’s popular and practical book, authors Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson provide ready responses to the common questions Mormons ask. With more than six decades of combined experience, the authors tackle such tough questions as: Why don’t you accept Mormons as Christians? Do you believe Mormonism is a cult? If the LDS church is not true, which church is? How can you explain the many contradictions found throughout the Bible? After offering analysis and responses to these and other questions, McKeever and Johnson provide helpful appendices that summarize Mormon beliefs, provide 101 Bible references to use in conversation, and expose common logical fallacies. Originally published in the 1980s, this volume has been--and will continue to be--a classic resource to help Christians become more successful in sharing their faith with Mormons.
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