Mormonism is the unofficial name for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which originated in the early 1800s. Mormonism refers to the doctrines taught by Joseph Smith, doctrines that are believed to be original gospel preached by Jesus Christ. The Mormons oppose abortion, homosexuality, unmarried sexual acts, pornography, gambling, tobacco, consuming alcohol, tea, coffee, and the use of drugs. Despite its relatively young age, the Mormon Church continues to grow, and today it contains about 13 million members.
The third edition of the Historical Dictionary of Mormonism expands on the second edition with a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on crucial persons, organizations, churches, beliefs, and events. Clearing up many of the misconceptions held about Mormonism and its members, this is an essential reference.
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Davis Bitton (deceased) was Professor Emeritus of History, University of Utah.
Thomas G. Alexander is Professor Emeritus of Western American History at Brigham Young University.
If you have never heard of the Danites or the Mountain Meadows Massacre, the Historical Dictionary of Mormonism is the ideal quick-reference resource for you. Like most volumes from the Historical Dictionaries of Religions, Philosophies, and Movements series, this installment (number 89) packs a lot into a fairly small package. It does so with concise entries that provide just enough information for the average user. The authors, Bitton (deceased) and Alexander, hold professor emeritus titles from Utah universities and were past presidents of the Mormon History Association, making them more than qualified to cover the gamut of Mormon people, places, and things. The historical focus of the volume is evident from the very beginning, with its 10-page chronology surveying noteworthy Mormon events, like Joseph Smith’s birth in 1805. This is followed by a well-written, succinct overview of Mormon history. The A–Z entries represent things typically not found in other well-known religious reference works. This is especially true of the biographical entries, which make up slightly less than half of the work. Brigham Young and Stephen Covey may be household names, but the vast majority are not. Another large component of the dictionary highlights issues that have long been important to the Mormon Church, such as family, politics, homosexuality, and polygamy. Also receiving coverage are the countless terms and concepts that are largely unknown outside the church. One final aspect worth noting is the pervasive treatment of common, everyday issues through the lens of Mormonism: art, literature, movies, prayer, sports, and much more. The volume concludes with an impressive bibliography that more than makes up for the lack of further-reading options throughout. The bibliography’s 22 subcategories make it especially user-friendly. Recommended for academic and large public libraries. --Wade Osburn
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Book Description Scarecrow Press, 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110810827794
Book Description Scarecrow Press, 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0810827794