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Wrestling the AngelThe Foundations of Mormon Thought: Cosmos, God, Humanity$
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Terryl L. Givens

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199794928

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794928.001.0001

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Mother God

Mother God

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Wrestling the Angel

Terryl L. Givens

Oxford University Press

The Christian tradition, with a few exceptions, finds no place in its theological history for a female component to the Trinity. (Shakers, Quakers, and Unitarians challenge traditional formulations.) Mormonism, from about the time of Joseph Smith’s death, asserts a female consort to Heavenly Father, called Heavenly Mother. Absent in Mormon scripture, she is affirmed in a popular hymn, in numerous official declarations, and both undergirds and is implied by the doctrine of eternal marriage and the eternal family.

Keywords:   Heavenly Mother, eternal marriage, eternal family, Eliza R. Snow, feminine divine

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