Negotiating Death and Afterlife in Nauvoo

Samuel Morris Brown

in In Heaven as It Is on Earth

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199793570
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932511 | DOI:
Negotiating Death and Afterlife in Nauvoo

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This chapter considers the Nauvoo temple cultus, demonstrating its development out of the Kirtland Temple cultus and Smith's “translation” of Masonry. Through this temple liturgy, Mormons saw themselves entering a supernatural fraternity of humans and angels. Emphasizing its otherworldly nature, this chapter describes the ways the temple cultus functioned as a direct assault on Calvinist and Arminian conceptions of salvation. A strong sacramentalism, sometimes erroneously conflated with antinomianism, represents a fundamental impulse within the Nauvoo cultus.

Keywords: Masonry; Nauvoo temple; mystery religions; religious ritual; sacramentalism; antinomianism

Chapter.  13275 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Christianity

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