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July 26, 1941

Where Angels Dared to Tread

JAMA. 1941;117(4):325. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820300089032

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In the United States have developed most of the peculiar mind healing, utopian and peculiar cults known to the world. In the United States, because of our particular organizational ability, many of these cults have achieved their greatest development. V. F. Calverton made a careful study of some of the most notable ones, including the Rappites, Oneida County, Zion City and Father Divine. The index provides the names of innumerable others which are casually mentioned, but the dozen or more which were carefully studied are typical of all. In an epilogue Calverton points out that these communities had the advanced conception of a cooperative society but were ancient in their religious perspectives. Most of these colonies have peculiar rules of belief, peculiar rules of diet, peculiar rules in regard to sex. Thus they concentrated on the chief interests of mankind and thus they achieved their followers. Calverton concludes that man

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