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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

Peter Coviello

University of Chicago Press

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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