Hierarchies of Holiness : The Mormon Temple in Zoetermeer, the Netherlands
Molendijk, Arie L.,Post, Paul
Holy Ground : Re-inventing Ritual Space in Modern Western Culture
This article outlines the Mormon concept of temples, focusing on the building of the Hague Temple in Zoetermeer. He discusses the sacredness and holiness with which they are viewed, and highlights the organization, practices, and beliefs that help support a hierarchical view of holiness. He gives the specific example of the history of the endowment and the concept of ascent as a member travels symbolically from the world to exaltation. He also gives historical context for temple worship using examples from the first endowments, and the Kirtland and Nauvoo Temples.