Wrestling the Angel: The Foundations of Mormon Thought: Cosmos, God, Humanity by Terryl L. GivensWrestling the Angel: The Foundations of Mormon Thought: Cosmos, God, Humanity by Terryl L. Givens

Wrestling the Angel: The Foundations of Mormon Thought: Cosmos, God, Humanity

byTerryl L. Givens

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In this first volume of his magisterial study of the foundations of Mormon thought and practice, Terryl L. Givens offers a sweeping account of Mormon belief from its founding to the present day. Situating the relatively new movement in the context of the Christian tradition, he reveals thatMormonism continues to change and grow.Givens shows that despite Mormonism's origins in a biblical culture strongly influenced by nineteenth-century Restorationist thought, which advocated a return to the Christianity of the early Church, the new movement diverges radically from the Christianity of the creeds. Mormonism proposes its owncosmology and metaphysics, in which human identity is rooted in a premortal world as eternal as God. Mormons view mortal life as an enlightening ascent rather than a catastrophic fall, and reject traditional Christian concepts of human depravity and destiny. Popular fascination with Mormonism'ssocial innovations, such as polygamy and communalism, and its supernatural and esoteric elements - angels, gold plates, seer stones, a New World Garden of Eden, and sacred undergarments - have long overshadowed the fact that it is the most enduring and even thriving product of the nineteenthcentury's religious upheavals and innovations.Wrestling the Angel traces the essential contours of Mormon thought from the time of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young to the contemporary LDS church, illuminating both the seminal influence of the founding generation of Mormon thinkers and the significant developments in the church over almost 200years. The most comprehensive account of the development of Mormon thought ever written, Wrestling the Angel will be essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the Mormon faith.

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Terryl L. Givens is Professor of Literature and Religion and James A. Bostwick Chair of English at the University of Richmond. His books on Mormonism and American religious culture include By the Hand of Mormon, People of Paradox, Parley P. Pratt (with Matthew Grow), and Viper on the Hearth.
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Title:Wrestling the Angel: The Foundations of Mormon Thought: Cosmos, God, HumanityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:October 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceMatter and Method1. Historical Prelude2. Mormonism and Theology3. The Theology of RestorationThe Content4. A Short Primer on MormonismCosmology5. Eternalism6. Monism7. Intelligence and LawThe Divine8. The Godhead9. Revealer God10. Vulnerable God11. Embodied God12. Mother God13. Adam-God14. Christology15. Holy Ghost16. Other BeingsThe Human17. Premortality18. The Fall19. Embodiment20. Salvation21. Theosis