Banishing the Cross

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Product Code: XB344
Title: Banishing the Cross: The Emergence of a Mormon Taboo
Author: Michael G. Reed
Publisher: John Whitmer Books
List Price: $19.95
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Date: 2012
Pages: 171
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From back cover:

“Michael Reed’s invaluable study shines new light on Mormons’ complex and ambiguous relationship with the cross. Reed’s research, the most exhaustive ever undertaken on this subject, should help other Christians understand the historic, cultural and religious context out of which Latter-day Saint attitudes toward the cross emerged—and it should help Latter-day Saints find greater spiritual meaning in this most poignant and profound of Christian symbols.”

Author of The Reader’s Book of Mormon

“Michael G. Reed has written a book that deftly examines one aspect of Mormonism’s inconsistent overlaps with traditional Christianity and inconsistent departures therefrom.”

Author of The Mormon Hierarchy

“This is a fascinating study of a surprisingly misunderstood symbol. Reed’s well-researched history of the cross has much to teach modern readers across denominational lines.”

Author of Gothic Arches, Latin Crosses: Anti-Catholicism and American Church Designs in the Nineteenth Century

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

  1. Early Mormonism in Context
  2. The Cross in Early Nineteenth Century Catholic and Protestant America
  3. Mormon Magic, Freemasonry, and the Cross
  4. Pre-Columbian Crosses
  5. Mormon Crosses before the Institutionalized Taboo
  6. The Ensign Peak Proposal
  7. The Emergence of the Mormon Cross Taboo
  8. Opposition to the Cross Institutionalized
  9. The Taboo Reinforced
  10. Comparative Perceptions of the Cross
  11. Conclusion

Appendix: Early Christians and the Cross
About the Author

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