In Heaven as It Is on Earth: Joseph Smith and the Early by Samuel Morris Brown

By Samuel Morris Brown

A compelling new interpretation of early Mormonism, Samuel Brown's In Heaven because it Is in the world perspectives this faith throughout the lens of founder Joseph Smith's profound preoccupation with the threat of death.

Revisiting ancient records and scripture from this novel standpoint, Brown bargains new perception into the starting place and that means of a few of Mormonism's earliest ideals and practices. the realm of early Mormonism was once besieged by way of death--infant mortality, violence, and ailment have been rampant. a chronic conflict with typhoid fever, punctuated by way of painful surgical procedures together with a threatened leg amputation, and the surprising lack of his cherished brother Alvin forged a protracted shadow over Smith's personal lifestyles. Smith embraced and used to be deeply prompted by way of the tradition of "holy dying"--with its emphasis on deathbed salvation, melodramatic bereavement, and trust within the Providential nature of premature death--that sought to deal with the frequent mortality of the interval. noticeable during this gentle, Smith's treasure quest, look for local origins, particular method of scripture, and trust in a post-mortal group all gather new which means, as do early Mormonism's Masonic-sounding temple rites and novel relations process. Taken jointly, the various subject matters of early Mormonism should be interpreted as a crusade to extinguish loss of life eternally. by way of concentrating on Mormon conceptions of loss of life, Brown recasts the tale of first-generation Mormonism, exhibiting a non secular move and its founder straight away vivid and fragile, intrepid and unsettled, human and otherworldly.

A vigorous narrative heritage, In Heaven because it Is on the earth illuminates not just the foundational ideals of early Mormonism but in addition the bigger problems with family members and demise in American non secular heritage.

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Alexander and elders at First Presbyterian are considering initiating a formal ecclesiastical review of Rev. Cameron’s behavior during the incident. 40 The Embrace of Eros With this contemporary retelling as a backdrop, I read the Lukan story as a countertestimony to mainstream Christian anxiety about the body and sexuality. In this vein, I see two crucial issues: the question of the woman’s identity as an urban sinner, and the quality of her amorous encounter with Jesus as the basis of God’s forgiveness and peace in her life.

Rules, rules, and more rules: Sex must fit within these rules and the church must clarify and police them. Yet, as I have attempted to show in this essay, the rule-based approach to Scripture is fraught with problems. First, it reads Scripture in a strikingly nonnarrative manner as a handbook for behavior. Conversely, when the Bible is read as a story of God and God’s beloved, it can shape the reader by the tenor and trajectories of the characters within it: God’s covenant with Israel, Israel’s stumbling in maintaining covenant, the extension of covenant to the world in Jesus Christ, and his rejection by those he loved.

Given this perspective, it is not surprising that the pastoral epistles also suggest that women are more likely to be swayed by false teaching. For example, 2 Timothy refers to “silly women, overwhelmed by their sins and swayed by all kinds of desires, who are always being instructed and can never arrive at a knowledge of the truth” (3:6b-7). 9 In 1 Peter, husbands are to “show consideration for your wives in your life together, paying honor to the woman as the weaker sex, since they too are also heirs of the gracious gift of life” (3:7).

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