Scholars & Saints: The University of Virginia Mormon Studies Podcast

Frontier Religion w/ Konden Smith Hansen

January 01, 2021 Stephen Betts Season 2 Episode 205
Scholars & Saints: The University of Virginia Mormon Studies Podcast
Frontier Religion w/ Konden Smith Hansen
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Scholars & Saints: The University of Virginia Mormon Studies Podcast
Frontier Religion w/ Konden Smith Hansen
Jan 01, 2021 Season 2 Episode 205
Stephen Betts

Today on Scholars and Saints we’re talking about the ways in which the American Frontier acted as a kind of religion of “Americanness” in 19th century America. We’ll talk about how Latter-day Saints fit into that American Frontier religion, and how they negotiated and contested the boundaries of Americanness and good religion in their encounters with Protestants. Ultimately, this is a story about secularization, in which we learn that for Mormons, “becoming secular” didn’t mean becoming areligious; secularization was a constant process of creative give and take in an American culture that was learning to tell new stories about itself. 

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Today on Scholars and Saints we’re talking about the ways in which the American Frontier acted as a kind of religion of “Americanness” in 19th century America. We’ll talk about how Latter-day Saints fit into that American Frontier religion, and how they negotiated and contested the boundaries of Americanness and good religion in their encounters with Protestants. Ultimately, this is a story about secularization, in which we learn that for Mormons, “becoming secular” didn’t mean becoming areligious; secularization was a constant process of creative give and take in an American culture that was learning to tell new stories about itself.