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Polygamy – Introduction

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  1. Polygamy - Introduction
  2. Polygamy : Legal Issues
  3. Which groups practice polygamy?
  4. Polygamy : What the Bible Says
  5. Polygamy in Mormonism
  6. Polygamy : Polygamous Sects of the Mormon Church
  7. Informal list of polygamous sects
  8. Video: Lifting the Veil of Polygamy
  9. Polygamy - Research Resources
  10. Polygamy - Your Comments

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Polygamy is a form of marriage:

Polygny is the condition or practice of having more than one wife at one time.

Polyandry is the condition or practice of having more than one husband at one time.

Polygamy is a "marriage in which a spouse of either sex may have more than one mate at the same time ."

The term plural marriage is used as a synonym for any of the above.

The term polyamory refers to an intimate, romantic relationship that involves more than two people - with the full knowledge and consent of all partners involved.

Bigamy is "the act of entering into a marriage with one person while still legally married to another." .

This entry addresses polygamy. It is included in Apologetics Index because some people practice polygamy for religious reasons.


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3 Responses to “Polygamy – Introduction”

  1. Roxanne says:


  2. says:

    Technically you are right, Roxanne (though you don't have to SHOUT).

    That said, there are polygamous sects 'of' the Mormon Church.

    These groups came out of -- and have split off from -- the Mormon Church. Most, if not all, did so because the Mormon Church abandoned (for political convenience) plural marriage, a doctrine of which Mormon Church founder Joseph Smith said was "the most holy and important doctrine ever revealed to man on earth."

    As John Krakauer states, Smith taught that a man needed at least three wives to attain the "fullness of exaltation" in the afterlife. He warned that God had explicitly commanded that "all those who have this law revealed unto them must obey the same ... and if ye abide not that covenenant, then are ye damned; for no one can reject this covenant and be permitted to enter into my glory."

    Those who have separated themselves from the official Mormon Church are called Mormon fundamentalists. In most cases, their doctrines and practices are in fact closer to those of the original Mormon Church than are the doctrines and practices of today's Mormon Church.

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