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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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(p.53) 4 Peculiar People and Loneliness at the Top
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People of Paradox
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Terryl C. Givens (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167115.003.0005

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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