Kingdom Of Mathias

Kingdom Of Mathias

Johnson, Paul E. and Sean Wilentz. The Kingdom of Matthias. New York:
Oxford University Press Inc., 1994.

?The meeting of the Prophets Matthias and Joseph Smith was one of hundreds of strange religious events that occurred all across the United States from the 1820s through the 1840s? (6). These were the peak years of the market revolution and the Second Great Awakening.
During anytime of great change and uncertainty, people who are directly affected can be left searching for answers to such questions as why did this happen, and why did it happen to me They may feel like they have lost their place and interpret certain things that only apply to them or want to apply to them. Certainly the market revolution and Robert Matthews are no exception.
The major theme of The Kingdom of Matthias is that uncertainty breeds individual vulnerability. This can make people susceptible to believing and behaving in ways that they normally would not.
The first example is Elijah Pierson. ?He was a supremely unlikely candidate for membership in the cult of Matthias? (13). Leaving a tight-knit patriarchal society, he took a job as an apprentice clerk in New

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