Recreating Utopia in the Desert: A Sectarian Challenge to Modern Mormonism

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1988 - Social Science - 225 pages
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An account of a millenarian sect, officially known as the Aaronic Order or Levites, one of the main splinter groups of the Morman Church. Its history tells much about the social tensions, particularly along class lines, that have emerged in Mormonism and offers important insights for the study of religious communitarianism and schizmatic movements in contemporary religion. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
  

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Contents

The Rise and Institutionalization of Mormonism
1
The Aaronic Order as a Modern Revitalization Movement
43
The Levite Conversion Experience
90
The Levite Community The Search for Gemeinschaft
119
The Eskdale Commune An Enactment of Levite Ideals
139
The Development of the Aaronic Order as a Mormon Sect
165
Epilogue
191
Appendix
201
Notes
205
References
207
Index
221
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Hans A. Baer is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

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