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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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 The Iron Rod and the Liahona

 The Iron Rod and the Liahona

Authority and Radical Freedom

(p.3) 1 The Iron Rod and the Liahona
People of Paradox

Terryl C. Givens (Contributor Webpage)

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The Mormon church is authoritarian, hierarchical, and rigid. Priesthood correlation and obedience are watchwords. Politics and individualism can collide. The Prophet is absolute spiritual leader. Mormon theology, on the other hand, emphasizes moral agency, human freedom, individual initiative, and spiritual independence.

Keywords:   priesthood correlation, Mormon church, obedience, politics, individualism, moral agency, individual freedom, spiritual independence

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