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Prophetic Authority: Democratic Hierarchy and the Mormon Priesthood

Michael Hubbard MacKay


This book is about how Joseph Smith established religious authority and a long-lasting, complex priesthood structure. The thesis of this book builds on three scholars’ major ideas about religious authority and Mormonism in the antebellum United States. In an effort to move the conversation toward politics and its relationship to religion, Porterfield focused on the constraint of populism. Though it is true that Mormonism grew, as Hatch shows, from the populist appeal of a lay priesthood and communal living in early Mormonism, Flake demonstrates that the Mormon priesthood was hierarchical. Left ... More

Keywords: Authority, Religion, Great Awakening, Evangelicalism, Populism, Antebellum United States, Joseph Smith, Democracy, Hierarchy, Priesthood

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780252043017
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043017.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Hubbard MacKay, author
Brigham Young University