Polygamy The Mormon Enigma

Polygamy The Mormon Enigma

by E. Keith Howick
     
 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is renowned for its humanitarian efforts, the strong work ethic of its members, their dedication to family, and their loyalty to their communities and nations. But not unlike any large religious organization, the church has espoused practices and doctrines that were received critically by those same communities and

Overview

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is renowned for its humanitarian efforts, the strong work ethic of its members, their dedication to family, and their loyalty to their communities and nations. But not unlike any large religious organization, the church has espoused practices and doctrines that were received critically by those same communities and nations. Among these, the best known is polygamy. Beginning as early as 1831, Mormon prophet Joseph Smith and other early church leaders began marrying multiple women in obedience to their belief in a revelation from Jesus Christ. From the moment their actions became public knowledge, religious organizations, local communities and the U.S. Federal Government actively worked to stop the practice, even if it meant destroying the church. From that moment on, the Mormon doctrine of polygamy was elevated from the odd practice of an obscure American religion to a plank in political platforms affecting the lives of hundreds of the nation's leaders. Join Howick as he discusses the religious, social, political, and legal enigma of Mormon polygamy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781886249196
Publisher:
WindRiver Publishing
Publication date:
12/08/2007
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.75(d)

Read an Excerpt

Early members of the LDS faith chose to embrace

the practice of polygamy for spiritual reasons,

but the perception of polygamy to outsiders

and antagonists of the church was quite different.

Anti-Mormons considered polygamy to be

immoral, lustful, and womanizing, and decried

it as "spiritual wifery." Others envisioned licentious

situations such as harems where the "lord

and master" fl oated from fl ower to fl ower sating

his sexual appetite with a plethora of beautiful

wives. In modern times, many think of polygamy

in terms of men secretly having families in

different cities and attempting to be a husband

and/or father to each family without the others

fi nding out about it. Many television shows have

effectively used this provocative storyline in their

programming. The most recent use of polygamy

in mainstream entertainment is in HBO's drama/

comedy, "Big Love," which (unlike previous entries

in the media) uses polygamy as its primary

storyline.

But for Mormons, all of these scenarios depict something that is far from the truth.

Meet the Author

E. Keith Howick is a long-time student of the Bible and follower of Jesus Christ. He counts as a personal ministry his efforts to magnify the name of the Lord and preach His word to the world.

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