Title

Faith and Freedom in Christian Utopia: An Analysis of the Thought of John Humphrey Noyes and the Oneida Community

Date of Award

1972

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Social Sciences

Advisor(s)

Nelson M. Blake

Keywords

Community, Religious history, American studies

Subject Categories

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Abstract

The radical vision experienced by John Humphrey Noyes was a vision of human possibility. It was a vision of sinless men and women living in a righteous community, where the essence of sin, as selfishness, could be purged from the full range of personal and community relationships. While certainly he was a man with startling powers of imagination, he was, at the same time, a practical man, a pragmatist of the first order, who not only could imagine how things might be, but how, in infinite detail, it might be possible to make them that way. In this combination of ability and imagination he was a radical Utopian thinker.

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