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Author Allen, Julie K., author

Title Danish but not Lutheran : the impact of Mormonism on Danish cultural identity, 1850-1920 / Julie K. Allen
Published Salt Lake City : The University of Utah Press, [2017]
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 292 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction -- Uncoupling Danish national identity from Lutheranism : the advent of religious difference in Denmark -- A tale of two Kierkegaards : responses to Mormonism by Denmark's cultural elites -- Mormons, Mormons! : provocative portrayals of Mormonism in Danish popular culture -- The price of conversion : cultural identity negotiations among early Danish Mormons -- Conclusion
Summary "This book concerns the introduction of Mormonism to Denmark, which led to an influx of Danish converts into Mormon and Utah society, but it is less about that immigrant infusion than about the impact of Mormonism on Denmark, which turns out to have been profound, not so much because of the alien LDS religion as because of the nature of Danish society. Mormon missionaries arrived in Denmark shortly after the establishment of religious freedom in a uniformly Lutheran nation. That helped engender a long, continuing process of renegotiating a Danish national identity distinct from Lutheranism. Mormon proselytizing and the thousands of Danes who converted to the LDS religion were a spur to thinking about national identity and a foil for many of the commentators, among whom two of the most prominent were the estranged brothers Kierkegaard--Søren and the Reverend Doctor Peter Christian--each of whom used discussion of Mormonism in their divergent arguments about Danish Lutheranism. Theirs was part of an extensive high-culture discourse, but Danish popular culture also had much to say about Mormons, in various media from nineteenth-century street ballads to early twentieth-century silent films. Julie K. Allen sees these particular historical matters as means to broach larger questions of the roles of religion and identity in a culture, particularly a relatively homogeneous one such as Denmark's"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-281) and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed November 10, 2017)
Subject Group identity -- Denmark
Mormon Church -- Denmark -- History -- 19th century
Mormon Church -- Denmark -- History -- 20th century
Mormons -- Denmark -- History -- 19th century
Mormons -- Denmark -- History -- 20th century
Nationalism -- Religious aspects -- Mormon Church
Nationalism -- Denmark
Group identity.
Mormon Church.
RELIGION -- Christianity -- Denominations.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 160781546X (electronic bk.)
9781607815464 (electronic bk.)