God's Blueprints: A Sociological Study of Three Utopian Sects - Routledge Library Editions: Sociology of Religion 4 (Hardback)John McKelvie Whitworth (author)
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Viewing the world with abhorrence, members of utopian sects isolate themselves from its influence. As this book, first published in 1975, shows, they seek to establish and promulgate radically distinctive forms of society according to what they claim to be God's blueprint and which they believe are destined by his intervention and their example to spread throughout the world. Rooted in the sociology of religion and more particularly in the concepts of sectarianism and communitarianism, this study presents an analysis of three sects: the Shakers; the Oneida Community; and the Bruderhof. The author examines the origins, religious conceptions, social structure and composition, modes of social control, and development of each group; and in a concluding chapter he discusses the utopian sect as a distinctive social form.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 270
Weight: 667 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm