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Among the strongest defining features of religion in America are its experimentalism and its utopianism. Often the combination of the two has led to the formation of some of the continent’s most distinctive and often most curious communities. From the Massachusetts Puritan’s “shining city on a hill” to the quasi-socialist Brooke Farm to the “free love” experimentation of Oneida to the ascetic and ecstatic Shaker colonies, Americans have often sought to recreate civilization anew, or even …
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