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  • A Peculiar People: Anti-Mormonism and the Making of Religion in Nineteenth-Century America

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By J. Spencer Fluhman
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Though the Constitution guarantees the free exercise of religion, it does not specify what qualifies as a religion. From its founding in the 1830s, Mormonism, a homegrown American faith, has drawn thousands of converts but far more critics. In A Peculiar People, J. Spencer Fluhman offers a comprehensive history of anti-Mormon thought and the associated passionate debates about religious authenticity in 19th-century America.

    John says: "High Hopes but Hugely Disappointing"
    "High Hopes but Hugely Disappointing"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Thos book would be infinitely better if it were 5 1/2 hours shorter.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I'm still interested in the subject matter and I hope to soon read an interesting book that I can learn from. I bought this book hoping to learn about the history and development of the Mormon faith but instead ... the author attempts to regale the reader with more than 6 1/2 hours of the dryest, repetitve, and verbose history of how the Mormons were persecuted by narrow minded, parochial zealots. He manages to do this in a manner that would make listening to William F. Buckley read a 500 page textbook on differential equations seem breathtakingly exciting. While the narrator did a good job reading the material, not even Scott Brick could make this worth listening to. Save your credit and 6 1/2 hours of your life. Here's the Cliff Notes version... The Mormons were persecuted by virtually everyone from New York to Salt Lake City and it wasn't until they renounced polygamy in 1890 as part of the official doctrine did they start to be accepted by American society and religious communities.


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