The Riches of Mormon Materialism : Parley P. Pratt's "Materiality" and Early Mormon Theology
Mormon Historical Studies
"An important text to trace the development of Mormon theology in the latter Nauvoo period is Parley Pratt's 'Materiality,' an editorial appearing in the Mormon New York periodical 'The Prophet' in May 1845. This overlooked text systematized many of the key theological innovations from Smith's final years, containing what Pratt understood to be 'the riches, glories, blessings, honors, thrones, dominions, principalities, and powers, held out by the system of materialism'--what Pratt valued as the acme of Mormonism. The Apostle presented in embryo what he fully developed a decade later in 'Key to the Science of Theology,' and offered theological elements--most notably concerning theosis--not found in almost any other period texts. Most important, the editorial offers an example of Pratt's systematization of what Smith left inchoate--demonstrating how the Apostle expanded and clarified much of the theology the Prophet provided the Saints through his revelations and teachings."