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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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 Peculiar People and Loneliness at the Top

 Peculiar People and Loneliness at the Top

Election and Exile

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People of Paradox

Terryl C. Givens (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Mormons believe they are an elect, covenant people. Persecution, rhetoric of chosenness, and physical isolation, all emphasize blessed distinctness. But Mormons also suffer a history and a psychology of alienation, exclusion, and exile. Derided as unchristian and un-American, they have labored for acceptance even as they emphasize difference.

Keywords:   elect people, covenant people, persecution, physical isolation, alienation, exile

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