Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Viper on the HearthMormons, Myths, and the Construction of Heresy$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Terryl L. Givens

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199933808

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199933808.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 04 March 2021

“An Age of Humbugs”: The Contemporary Scene

“An Age of Humbugs”: The Contemporary Scene

(p.66) Chapter 4“An Age of Humbugs”: The Contemporary Scene
The Viper on the Hearth

Terryl L. Givens

Oxford University Press

This chapter situates Mormonism relative to contemporaneous heterodoxies to further illuminate what was distinctive and what was common about public hostility to this particular nineteenth-century religious innovation. It argues that within the context of nineteenth-century heterodoxy as a whole, the degree of violence with which Mormonism was challenged is clearly anomalous. Although the distinctive threat that Mormonism posed to orthodoxy has yet to be made clear, something about Mormonism lifted it out of the realm of simple religious nonconformity and into the realm of heresy. That anti-Catholic violence constitutes the nearest parallel with anti-Mormonism may say more about the conditions necessary for the social legitimization of religious persecution than any inherently shared characteristics between the two groups.

Keywords:   mormonism, mormons, public hostility, religious persecution, heterodoxy, anti-mormonism

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .