Offers an overview of the numerous utopian faith communities in the United States, then and now
PREFACE INTRODUCTION: The Perennial Quest 1. THE CLOISTER The Keys of the Kingdom 2. THE PURITANS Building a City on a Hill 3. THE QUAKERS The Power of Friendly Persuasion 4. THE AMISH Return to Paradise 5. THE SHAKERS Sharing Simple Gifts 6. THE MORMONS To the Promised Land 7. THE ONEIDA EXPERIMENT Love One Another 8. THE SALVATION ARMY Saving Body, Soul, and Spirit 9. THE CATHOLIC WORKER MOVEMENT The Virtue of Hospitality 10. TODAY'S UTOPIAS A Place Just Right AUTHOR'S NOTES AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS TIMELINE: Intentional Communities Through the Ages BIBLIOGRAPHY
DAVID YOUNT, author of 11 previous books, is a columnist with the Scripps Howard News Service. His column Amazing Grace is syndicated to 450 newspapers weekly. He has served as vice chairman of the Washington Theological Consortium of Protestant, Catholic, and Islamic seminaries.
"Yount provides an informative overview of American utopianism that serves as a good reference for those interested in the topic. For this reason, America's Spiritual Utopias is a helpful piece of scholarship for casual and academic readers alike." - Religious Studies Review