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The Power of Godliness
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The Power of Godliness: Mormon Liturgy and Cosmology

Jonathan Stapley

Abstract

The Power of Godliness explores Mormon liturgical history to elucidate Mormon cosmology and lived religion. Mormons use rituals, patterns of worship, and conceptions of priesthood to order their lives and the universe. What Mormons have meant by “priesthood” has evolved over time and in relation to ecclesiology, authority, gender, and race. For much of the nineteenth century, Mormons conceptualized their family relationships formalized through sealing rituals over their temple altars, as a priesthood and materialized heaven. This heavenly structure was eternal, and consequently church leaders ... More

Keywords: Mormon, liturgy, ritual, priesthood, gender, cosmology, women, Latter-day, temple, race

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190844431
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190844431.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Stapley, author
Chief Technology Officer, DFI Corporation