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Zion City, Illinois: Twentieth Century Utopia

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This is a treatment of Zion City, an Illinois Christian communal society, and its founder, John Alexander Dowie, on the eve of its centennial.
Published April 1st 1996 by Syracuse University Press (first published January 1st 1996)
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Rex Libris
May 15, 2016 Rex Libris rated it it was amazing
An excellent history of the ministry of the Rev. Dowie and the founding of Zion, IL. Although a controversial figure, the author gives Rev. Dowie and fair and even-handed treatment. He does not dismiss as an outright fraud, nor put him on a pedestal, but instead simply lays out the facts as they are known.

On the one hand, Dowie was a man of firm and certain beliefs on topics (and in many ahead of his time) like alcohol, tobacco, and race relations. he is also reputed to have healed many people.
Oct 05, 2011 Kristin rated it liked it
Recommended to Kristin by: Gabrielle, who grew up near Zion
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Not fabulously written, or super-riveting, this book still is a good overview of how the nearby town of Zion, Illinois came to be. My close friend's husband grew up in Zion; his family immigrated to the area from Australia to join the Christian utopia there around the turn of the century. As I kept asking more and more questions, they lent me their copy of this book. The story includes faith healings; a charismatic, yet contradictory leader; and a failed theocracy, among other interesting detail ...more
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