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date: 23 May 2022

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Like the three “book religions” of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Mormonism has always engaged in active media use. Media are understood both as modes of communication to spread the word and more abstractly as forms of cultural organization; in this latter sense, media matter profoundly for religious practice and inspire theological reflection. This chapter provides a historical overview of different ways that Mormons have used media as tools for disseminating their message, responding to criticism, building up a distinct culture, and imagining doctrinal possibilities. In particular the chapter examines tensions in notions of publicity, social organization, the voice, and media theology that are distinctive to Mormon history and culture.

Keywords: media, media theology, publicity, voice, communication

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