Kirtland Temple

Paperback | May 30, 2014

byDavid J Howlett

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The only temple completed by Mormonism's founder, Joseph Smith Jr., the Kirtland Temple in Kirtland, Ohio, receives 30,000 Mormon pilgrims every year. Though the site is sacred to all Mormons, the temple’s religious significance and the space itself are contested by rival Mormon dominations: its owner, the relatively liberal Community of Christ, and the larger Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
 
David J. Howlett sets the biography of Kirtland Temple against the backdrop of religious rivalry. The two sides have long contested the temple's ownership, purpose, and significance in both the courts and Mormon literature. Yet members of each denomination have occasionally cooperated to establish periods of co-worship, host joint tours, and create friendships. Howlett uses the temple to build a model for understanding what he calls parallel pilgrimage--the set of dynamics of disagreement and alliance by religious rivals at a shared sacred site. At the same time, he illuminates social and intellectual changes in the two main branches of Mormonism since the 1830s, providing a much-needed history of the lesser-known Community of Christ.

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The only temple completed by Mormonism's founder, Joseph Smith Jr., the Kirtland Temple in Kirtland, Ohio, receives 30,000 Mormon pilgrims every year. Though the site is sacred to all Mormons, the temple’s religious significance and the space itself are contested by rival Mormon dominations: its owner, the relatively liberal Community ...

David J. Howlett is a visiting assistant professor of religion at Skidmore College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:May 30, 2014Publisher:UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS PRESSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0252079981

ISBN - 13:9780252079986

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"Howlett's concept of parallel pilgrimage is the star of this book, a useful tool that will hopefully be applied to other pilgrimage sites.  An excellent source for scholars of American religion, ritual studies, and inter-religious dialogue."--Novo Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions   "If visitors to the Kirtland Temple were to read Howlett's book, they would have a greater appreciation of the space they were encountering. . . . he has presented a framework within which a better understanding of the Kirtland Temple can occur from the perspectives of various Mormon belief systems."--BYU Studies Quarterly