The Oxford Handbook of Mormonism

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Terryl Givens, Philip L. Barlow
Oxford University Press, 2015 - Religion - 656 pages
Winner of the Best Anthology Book Award from the John Whitmer Historical Association
Winner of the Special Award for Scholarly Publishing from the Association for Mormon Letters

Scholarly interest in Mormon theology, history, texts, and practices--what makes up the field now known as Mormon studies--has reached unprecedented levels, making it one of the fastest-growing subfields in religious studies. In this volume, Terryl Givens and Philip Barlow, two leading scholars of Mormonism, have brought together 45 of the top experts in the field to construct a collection of essays that offers a comprehensive overview of scholarship on Mormons.

The book begins with a section on Mormon history, perhaps the most well-developed area of Mormon studies. Chapters in this section deal with questions ranging from how Mormon history is studied in the university to the role women have played over time. Other sections examine revelation and scripture, church structure and practice, theology, society, and culture. The final two sections look at Mormonism in a larger context. The authors examine Mormon expansion across the globe--focusing on Mormonism in Latin America, the Pacific, Europe, and Asia--in addition to the interaction between Mormonism and other social systems, such as law, politics, and other faiths.

Bringing together an impressive body of scholarship, this volume reveals the vast range of disciplines and subjects where Mormonism continues to play a significant role in the academic conversation. The Oxford Handbook of Mormonism will be an invaluable resource for those within the field, as well as for people studying the broader, ever-changing American religious landscape.


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Part I History of Mormonism
Part II Revelation and Scripture
Part III Ecclesiastical Structure and Praxis
Part IV Mormon Thought
Part V Mormon Society
Part VI Mormon Culture
Part VII The International Church
Part VIII Mormonism in the World Community

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About the author (2015)

Terryl L. Givens is Jabez A. Bostwick Professor of English at the University of Richmond. He is the author of Wrestling the Angel: The Foundations of Mormon Thought: Cosmos, God, Humanity.

Philip L. Barlow is the Leonard Arrington Professor of Mormon History and Culture at Utah State University. He is the author of Mormons and the Bible: The Place of the Latter-day Saints in American Religion.