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Make Yourselves GodsMormons and the Unfinished Business of American Secularism$
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Peter Coviello

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226474168

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226474472.001.0001

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Endless Felicity

Endless Felicity

The Radiant Body of Early Mormon Theology

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Make Yourselves Gods
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Peter Coviello

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226474472.003.0003

This chapter addresses the radiant body of early Mormon theology. It takes up Joseph Smith’s many imaginings of the character and fate of embodied life and reads polygamy as a sort of culminating fabulation in his cosmological vision, one that looks to write out, in the language of quotidian life, his vision of exaltation, humans-become-gods, and divinizing flesh.

Keywords:   Joseph Smith, embodiment, polygamy, sex, exaltation, divination, Emerson, queer theory

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