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The Mormon People - The Making of an American Faith

Matthew Bowman

With Mormonism on the verge of an unprecedented cultural and political breakthrough, an eminent scholar of American evangelicalism explores the history and reflects on the future of this native-born American faith and its connection to the life of the nation. In 1830, a young seer and sometime treasure hunter named Joseph Smith began organizing adherents into a new religious community that would come to be called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (and known informally as the Mormons). One of the nascent faith's early initiates was a twenty-three-year-old Ohio farmer named Parley Pratt, the distant grandfather of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. In The Mormon People, religious historian Matthew Bowman peels back the curtain on more than 180 years of Mormon history and doctrine. He recounts the church's origin and development, explains how Mormonism came to be one of the fastest-growing religions in the world by the turn of twenty-first-century, and ably sets the scene for a 2012 presidential election that has the potential to mark a major turning point in the way this "all-American" faith is perceived by the wider American public-and internationally. Mormonism started as a radical movement, with a profoundly transformative vision of American society that was rooted in a form of Christian socialism. Over the ensuing centuries, Bowman demonstrates, that vision has evolved-and with it the esteem in which Mormons have been held in the eyes of their countrymen. Admired on the one hand as hardworking paragons of family values, Mormons have also been derided as oddballs and persecuted as polygamists, heretics, and zealots clad in "magic underwear." Even today, the place of Mormonism in public life continues to generate heated debate on both sides of the political divide. Polls show widespread unease at the prospect of a Mormon president. Yet the faith has never been more popular. Today there are about 14 million Mormons in the world, fewer than half of whom live inside the United States.

With Mormonism on the verge of an unprecedented cultural and political breakthrough, an eminent scholar of American evangelicalism explores the history and reflects on the future of this native-born American faith and its connection to the life of the nation. In 1830, a young seer and sometime treasure hunter named Joseph Smith began organizing adherents into a new religious community that would come to be called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (and known informally as the Mormons). One of the nascent faith's early initiates was a twenty-three-year-old Ohio farmer named Parley Pratt, the distant grandfather of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. In The Mormon People, religious historian Matthew Bowman peels back the curtain on more than 180 years of Mormon history and doctrine. He recounts the church's origin and development, explains how Mormonism came to be one of the fastest-growing religions in the world by the turn of twenty-first-century, and ably sets the scene for a 2012 presidential election that has the potential to mark a major turning point in the way this "all-American" faith is perceived by the wider American public-and internationally. Mormonism started as a radical movement, with a profoundly transformative vision of American society that was rooted in a form of Christian socialism. Over the ensuing centuries, Bowman demonstrates, that vision has evolved-and with it the esteem in which Mormons have been held in the eyes of their countrymen. Admired on the one hand as hardworking paragons of family values, Mormons have also been derided as oddballs and persecuted as polygamists, heretics, and zealots clad in "magic underwear." Even today, the place of Mormonism in public life continues to generate heated debate on both sides of the political divide. Polls show widespread unease at the prospect of a Mormon president. Yet the faith has never been more popular. Today there are about 14 million Mormons in the world, fewer than half of whom live inside the United States.
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With Mormonism on the verge of an unprecedented cultural and political breakthrough, an eminent scholar of American evangelicalism explores the history and reflects on the future of this native-born American faith and its connection to the life of the nation. In 1830, a young seer and sometime treasure hunter named Joseph Smith began organizing adherents into a new religious community that would come to be called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (and known informally as the Mormons). One of the nascent faith's early initiates was a twenty-three-year-old Ohio farmer named Parley Pratt, the distant grandfather of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. In The Mormon People, religious historian Matthew Bowman peels back the curtain on more than 180 years of Mormon history and doctrine. He recounts the church's origin and development, explains how Mormonism came to be one of the fastest-growing religions in the world by the turn of twenty-first-century, and ably sets the scene for a 2012 presidential election that has the potential to mark a major turning point in the way this "all-American" faith is perceived by the wider American public-and internationally. Mormonism started as a radical movement, with a profoundly transformative vision of American society that was rooted in a form of Christian socialism. Over the ensuing centuries, Bowman demonstrates, that vision has evolved-and with it the esteem in which Mormons have been held in the eyes of their countrymen. Admired on the one hand as hardworking paragons of family values, Mormons have also been derided as oddballs and persecuted as polygamists, heretics, and zealots clad in "magic underwear." Even today, the place of Mormonism in public life continues to generate heated debate on both sides of the political divide. Polls show widespread unease at the prospect of a Mormon president. Yet the faith has never been more popular. Today there are about 14 million Mormons in the world, fewer than half of whom live inside the United States.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Mark Deakins

Length:

11h 35m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:06


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:57


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:29


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:53


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:03


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:13


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:02


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:44


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:50


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:53


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:57


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:21


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:14


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:32


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:31


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:20


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:57


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:06


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:45


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:30


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:01


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:59


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:51


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:08


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:55


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:01


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:21


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:00


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:09


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:13


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:04


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:15


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:13


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:06


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:28


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:33


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:38


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:00


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:55


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:59


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:05


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:15


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:18


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:28


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:18


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:39


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:49


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:32


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:33


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:02


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:00


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:45


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:04


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:14


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:19


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:28


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:18


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:59


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:10


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:23


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:25


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:31


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:38


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:58


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:44


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:23


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:56


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:45


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:52


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:02


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:21


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:01


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:07


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:17


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:55


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:20


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:54


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:10


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:32


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:36


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:28


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:14


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:56


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:04


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:01


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:27


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:47


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

01:55


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:07


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:20


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:54


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:38


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:17


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:41


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:18


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:36


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:02


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:48


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:23


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:55


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:16


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:55


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

03:08


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:44


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:00


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:19


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:09


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:56


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:11


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:55


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:31


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:06


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:03


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:24


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

05:37


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:10


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

06:45


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

06:54


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

06:10


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

03:42


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

04:31


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

06:50


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

05:59


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

05:33


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

05:45


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

04:42


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

07:30


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

07:13


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

05:37


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

03:50


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

00:28