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 Peculiar People and Loneliness at the Top

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/9780195167115.003.0005
  Peculiar People and Loneliness at the Top

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Mormons believe they are an elect, covenant people. Persecution, rhetoric of chosenness, and physical isolation, all emphasize blessed distinctness. But Mormons also suffer a history and a psychology of alienation, exclusion, and exile. Derided as unchristian and un-American, they have labored for acceptance even as they emphasize difference.

Keywords: elect people; covenant people; persecution; physical isolation; alienation; exile

Chapter.  4164 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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