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People of ParadoxA History of Mormon Culture$
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Terryl C. Givens

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195167115

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167115.001.0001

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 Everlasting Burnings and Cinder Blocks

 Everlasting Burnings and Cinder Blocks

The Sacred and the Banal

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(p.37) 3 Everlasting Burnings and Cinder Blocks
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People of Paradox
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Terryl C. Givens (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167115.003.0004

Mormons believe God was once a man, and humans may become gods (theosis). God is embodied, sexuality is divinized, and the mundane, the quotidian, the earthly, is made celestial. Sacred distance collapses, and all things are spiritual. The result is a tension bordering on blasphemy or heresy.

Keywords:   theosis, embodied God, divinized sexuality, earthly, sacred distance, blasphemy, heresy

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