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All Abraham's Children: Changing Mormon Conceptions of Race and Lineage #2020

All Abraham s Children Changing Mormon Conceptions of Race and Lineage All Abraham s Children is Armand L Mauss s long awaited magnum opus on the evolution of traditional Mormon beliefs and practices concerning minorities He examines how members of the Church of Jesus Ch

  • Title: All Abraham's Children: Changing Mormon Conceptions of Race and Lineage
  • Author: Armand L. Mauss
  • ISBN: 9780252028038
  • Page: 324
  • Format: Hardcover
  • All Abraham's Children: Changing Mormon Conceptions of Race and Lineage By Armand L. Mauss, All Abraham s Children is Armand L Mauss s long awaited magnum opus on the evolution of traditional Mormon beliefs and practices concerning minorities He examines how members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints have defined themselves and others in terms of racial lineages Mauss describes a complex process of the broadening of these self defined lineagesAll Abraham s Children is Armand L Mauss s long awaited magnum opus on the evolution of traditional Mormon beliefs and practices concerning minorities He examines how members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints have defined themselves and others in terms of racial lineages Mauss describes a complex process of the broadening of these self defined lineages during the last part of the twentieth century as the modern Mormon church continued its world wide expansion through massive missionary work Mauss contends that Mormon constructions of racial identity have not necessarily affected actual behavior negatively and that in some cases Mormons have shown greater tolerance than other groups in the American mainstream Employing a broad intellectual historical analysis to identify shifts in LDS behavior over time, All Abraham s Children is an important commentary on current models of Mormon historiography.

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    1. In this book sociologist Armand Mauss explores Mormon conceptions of race and lineage and how they have changed over the past century and a half He analyzes the origin and nature of traditional Mormon attitudes toward three groups in particular Jews, Lamanites or those native to the Americas and Polynesia , and people of black African descent His exploration focuses on church discourse that views descendants of Abraham as chosen people who carry special favor from God He provides historical cont [...]

    2. Dr Mauss has had an indelible effect on how I approach difficult religious questions He has an air of erudite caution and humble confidence that makes me trust him implicitly I ve read the last two chapters of this book about the LDS church and its struggle with institutional and grassroots racism towards people of African descent many times, and his well reasoned, cautious, and diligently referenced argument is able to helpfully delimit the area of debate while still raising troubling questions [...]

    3. The book was than I expected Since living in Jamaica and acquiring friendships with many great people there, LDS race relations and doctrine with blacks has been a personally important topic Ironically this topic was the final chapter and I was first taken through a expansive reading on race, with the evolution and analysis of LDS terms such as Israelite , Lamanite , Jew and Black Mauss a faithful LDS scholar does a fine job exploring all.Anti black LDS doctrine, which Mauss consistently terms [...]

    4. A facinating look at changing mormon conceptions of race and lineage Mauss, himself a faithful LDS scholar of sociology and religious studies, shows how the LDS notion of race with regard to Israelite , Jew , Black , Lamanite an LDS term for native americans , Indian and others have morphed over time relative to sociological pressures Contrary to common belief, early LDS thought did not show the anti black biases that came to be offical policy under church leader Brigham Young and his heirs to p [...]

    5. Very very dense book Written as an extended dissertation from the author s graduate studies This took me a very long time to get through I m not used to reading textbook style books any It is an interesting look at how church policy has evolved over time compared to the nation as a whole This book first explores the Mormons as Isrealites idea then proceeds to examine LDS relations with and opinions of the Native American peoples, the Jewish people, and the black people I m glad I read it even th [...]

    6. fascinating material but sometimes his style feels a little too clinical for me I guess because it s a scholarly work you need some objectivity despite personal beliefs besides that, this is a well researched book that explores cultural and historical attitudes toward race particularly Native American, African American Jewish from a Mormon perspective and how ideas concerning identities shift and morph over time.

    7. As a Mormon, I found this book helpful in affirming my impressions of what I had been taught as a child regarding doctrines on race, and how they have actually evolved considerably over time As usual, the evolution is quiet and presented by leaders as nothing new But today s ideas within Mormonism are new and Armand Mauss skillfully exposes the subtle but important changes I am grateful.

    8. Quite academic in style Learned some things I didn t know Armand Mauss, although I had never heard his name before, seems to have written a lot of the subject.

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