Irenaeus, Joseph Smith, and God-Making Heresy

Irenaeus, Joseph Smith, and God-Making Heresy

by Adam J. Powell


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611478716
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
Publication date: 10/01/2015
Series: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press Mormon Studies Series
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Adam Powell is assistant professor of religious studies and director of the Master of Arts in Religious Studies at Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville, NC.

Table of Contents

Approaching Answers

Part One
1.Heresy as Opposition: Debates and Definitions
Available Definitions
Relativity and Heresy
The Ideal Type
Toward a Sociology of Heresy
Heresy and Soteriology: The Process of Interaction

2.The Heretical Process: Its Assumptions and Predictions
The Sociology of Knowledge
Hans Mol’s Adaptation/Identity Dialectic
When Position becomes Confession
From Opposition to Salvation

Part Two
3.Locating Heresy: The Threefold Attack
Pagans, Jews, Gnostics, and Rome: The Irenaean Antecedent
Ministers, Mobs, Apostates, and “Gentile” (Protestant) America: The Early Mormon Example
Ferment and Fecundity

4.Resolving Heresy: Soteriological Schemas
Toward Resolution
Order and Salvation
Group and Self in the Soteriological Schema
God, Humanity, Resolution, and Adaptation

Conclusion: Salvation and Success
God-making Heresy

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