City on a hill : a study of American Christian utopias : an honors thesis (HONRS 499)
It is a basic human trait to try and strive for perfection. To want to create a utopia, a perfect environment to live in. For some this perfection came through creating a society that was financially rich, for others in came with being environmentally friendly. Yet throughout history there have always been groups that sought this perfection through Christianity. City on a Hill observes nine American communities, from the first immigrants to a modern communities, that sought their perfection through following the teaching of Christ. Each chapter in this study is dedicated to looking at how each group took a doctrine based on an Apostolic church to carve out their social and physical environments. In the conclusion of this study, the similarities and differences in these nine communities are evaluated to determine what themes there are in American Christian Utopian communities.