Shakers, Owenites, Fourierists, Icarians, and Oneida Perfectionists
all "labored under the very specific belief that small communistic societies could trigger a new and perfected existence across the entire globe" (11).
The Oneida Perfectionists
interpreted Jesus to mean that there would most certainly be sex in heaven, but it would no longer be contained by the exclusive and legalized bonds of marriage.
With the ban lifted, this group did not hesitate to embrace the exclusive relationship of marriage, which the Oneida Perfectionists
had always compared to slavery, despite being conditioned against it from childhood.
All in all, Kester has done an excellent job of introducing us to a particularly unique communal group of people who, in spite of not being as well known as the Oneida Perfectionists
or Shakers, have proved to have a living influence in today's world.
The Shakers and the Oneida Perfectionists
were two examples of utopian movements of the era who sought "ideal" and stable lives for individuals, families, and communities.