The Emotional and Priestly Logic of Plural Marriage

The Emotional and Priestly Logic of Plural Marriage

Kathleen Flake
Copyright Date: 2010
Pages: 22
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    The Emotional and Priestly Logic of Plural Marriage
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    Kathleen Flake, associate professor of American religious history at Vanderbilt University examines the logic of those women who thrived, rather than suffered, in early Mormon polygamy, and finds that the marriage covenant granted them priestly rights and independence through the powers of heaven.

    eISBN: 978-0-87421-803-9
    Subjects: Religion, Sociology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Introduction
    (pp. iii-iv)
    F. Ross Peterson

    The establishment of a lecture series honoring a library’s special collections and a donor to that collection is unique. Utah State University’s Merrill-Cazier Library houses the personal and historical collection of Leonard J. Arrington, a renowned scholar of the American West. As part of Arrington’s gift to the university, he requested that the university’s historical collection become the focus for an annual lecture on an aspect of Mormon history. Utah State agreed to the request and in 1995 inaugurated the annual Leonard J. Arrington Mormon History Lecture.

    Utah State University’s Special Collections and Archives is ideally suited as the host...

  3. About the Author
    (pp. v-v)
  4. [Illustration]
    (pp. vi-vi)
  5. The Emotional and Priestly Logic of Plural Marriage
    (pp. 1-16)

    The nineteenth century in America was increasingly a time of high romance and low tolerance for Mormonism. Tonight I will discuss the relationship between these trends to better understand the logic of the Saints’ marital practices.¹ First, though, let me pause to say a few things about logic. Logic is not an absolute but rather a set of assertions based upon specific premises or assumptions. People who share premises will find the ideas and actions that flow from them logical, while people who don’t will find these same ideas and actions illogical, even wrong. This is most obvious when it...

  6. Back Matter
    (pp. 17-17)