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 The Iron Rod and the Liahona

Terryl C. Givens

in People of Paradox

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780195167115
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199785599 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167115.003.0002
  The Iron Rod and the Liahona

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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

Chapter.  7444 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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