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.(52) Noyes was correct in his supposition that ending complex marriage would end the derision of local clergy.