The “Lineage of My Preasthood” and the Chain of Belonging

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:
The “Lineage of My Preasthood” and the Chain of Belonging

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This chapter considers the Mormon “Chain of Belonging,” a theological system based in Christian adoption theology, perfectionism, and Smith's ongoing struggle with American Calvinism. Within the Chain of Belonging, a reformulation of the Neoplatonic Chain of Being, all human beings can be integrated into a priesthood-based kinship network effected through sealing rituals. The chapter considers particularly the sealing rituals of baptism for the dead and polygamy while exploring the different meanings of “seals” within early Mormonism, emphasizing that in early Mormonism salvation was fundamentally communal.

Keywords: Chain of Being; adoption theology; baptism for the dead; sealing rituals; polygamy

Chapter.  17511 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Christianity

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