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‘Forever Families’; Christian individualism, Mormonism and collective salvation.

Cannell, Fenella (2017) ‘Forever Families’; Christian individualism, Mormonism and collective salvation. In: Thomas, Todne, Malik, Asiya and Wellman, Rose, (eds.) New Directions in Spiritual Kinship: Sacred Ties across the Abrahamic Religions. Contemporary Anthropology of Religion. Springer Nature (Firm), Cham, Switzerland, 151 - 169. ISBN 9783319484228

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Latter-day Saints are only truly saved when they are saved together, as a “forever family.” Unlike most forms of Christianity (and much American mainstream thought), Mormonism is monistic; body and spirit are of one nature. Mormonism also reframes the temporality of kinship, since family relations in this life may reflect choices and connections from a premortal existence before birth on earth. As a result, conversion to Mormonism usually downplays the element of solitary Pauline “rupture” central to the analysis offered by Joel Robbins and others, emphasising instead conversion as the “grafting” of new families onto a sacred root.

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Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2017 15:09
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 05:46

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