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The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power Hardcover – January 15, 1997
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Extensions of Power is actually several books. It is topically arranged to consider more or less controversial aspects of the church leadership-violence, involvement in politics, etc. It also includes, as the earlier companion volume did, hundreds of pages of notes and a detailed chronology of church activities from 1848 to 1996. We are afforded a glimpse into the complex personalities, power factions, and challenges of maintaining, growing and adapting a religious movement to a constantly changing and evolving U. S. and world culture. I was by turns frustrated with church leadership and empathetic with them in their struggle to understand and accommodate `the world' without losing their unique identity. I was also able to see how present problems have their roots in the past, and the futile efforts of those leaders--such as Gordon B. Hinckley and Boyd K.Read more ›
A note about Quinn's critics. Quinn takes a lot of heat for his copious, almost obscene number of footnotes and references. Many reviewers of Quinn's writings are not convinced that his research is reliable. I say "hogwash." The reason I say that is that the author of a book such as this is doing more than just reporting a list of facts, dates, times and places.Read more ›
Another reviewer said that Dr. Quinn's extensive use of quotes was somehow not a good thing, that it was distracting (?). I found his use of quotes to be extremely useful. Above all, it showed that his research was well founded in the Church's own records.
This is a tremenduous work and I'd highly recommend it to anyone seeking to understand how the Mormon Church really works.
He writes in the Preface to this 1997 book, "I have tried to be true to the spirit of candor I found in the spoken and written records of the Mormon hierarchy. This study ... also examines the evidence of historical process and institutional change over time, rather than selecting evidence to reinforce current definitions and policies. That single-minded determination on my part led to conflicts with LDS leaders. I am now a believer outside the church for which I still have affection and fond hopes."
Here are some more quotations from the book:
"Harmony and unanimity became so important to the twentieth-century hierarchy that some authorities have even assented to what they regarded as violations of God's will." (Pg. 13)
"The presiding quorums have sometimes tailored their minutes to fulfill the requirement of unanimous voting." (Pg. 19)
"Despite such conflicts, church leaders regard the final result of their deliberations as revelation." (Pg. 20)
"(I)n July (1946) the hierarchy was stunned to learn that Patriarch Joseph F. Smith was homosexual. Publicly they cited 'ill health' as reason for his resignation and released him..." (Pg.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As always,Quinn at his Best.... an eye opener!....well researched well done, an eye opener!Published 1 month ago by MYRON MN
Both of Quinn's Mormon Hierarchy books have a lot of interesting information and original research. However, Quinn also makes some broad generalizations that are not really... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dallan Petersen
If you believe truth destroys, this is not your book. Quinn has paid a heavy price for speaking his truth to power, and I appreciate his view all the more because of this.Published 15 months ago by MKS HTC
I found this book highly researched and very informative. I want to purchase and read "The Mormon Hierachy: Origins of Power" now.Published on October 4, 2013 by Ben Bullock
The used copy I received was in very good condition with a clear plastic cover installed by the library where it was originally acquired. Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by Bobdog
Quinn sure has a great command of church history and his amazing writing style with abundant citations makes me feel very comfortable in believing what he has written is true and... Read morePublished on June 3, 2013 by jn
As we move towards the middle of the 21st Century, so does the LDS attempt to influence events around itself. Read morePublished on May 18, 2012 by anders tron-haukebo