Equal Rites: The Book of Mormon, Masonry, Gender, and American Culture by Clyde R. Forsberg Jr.
English | August 14th, 2012 | ASIN: B0092X4Z0M, ISBN: 0231126409 | 353 Pages | EPUB | 14.23 MB
Both the Prophet Joseph Smith and his Book of Mormon have been characterized as ardently, indeed evangelically, anti-Masonic. Yet in this sweeping social, cultural, and religious history of nineteenth-century Mormonism and its milieu, Clyde Forsberg argues that masonry, like evangelical Christianity, was an essential component of Smith's vision. Smith's ability to imaginatively conjoin the two into a powerful and evocative defense of Christian, or Primitive, Freemasonry was, Forsberg shows, more than anything else responsible for the meteoric rise of Mormonism in the nineteenth century.