City, Community, and Purity: Mormonism’s Evolution of Zionism and Place

Abstract

Place is fundamental to society’s conception of community, both secular and religious. This paper examines and contrasts two such communities, Judaism and Mormonism, in the context of political and religious Zionism. It first introduces and explores communities of place in political theory in general. Jewish Zionism, a political and religious movement of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the role that place has played in this movement, are briefly examined. The concept of Zion within Mormon theology is then discussed, tracing its evolution within Mormonism of being, in turn, a literal city and theocratic nation-state, a community of like-minded believers, and personal spiritual purity. Finally, the adherent changes in the concept of place within Mormon community are outlined, and reasons for these changes are proposed.
Published
2017-02-24
How to Cite
. City, Community, and Purity: Mormonism’s Evolution of Zionism and Place. Hinckley Journal of Politics, [S.l.], v. 6, feb. 2017. ISSN 2163-0798. Available at: <http://epubs.utah.edu/index.php/HJP/article/view/3746>. Date accessed: 21 mar. 2019.
Section
Student Papers