Radiance from Halcyon: A Utopian Experiment in Religion and Science by Paul Eli Ivey is the first full-length treatment of this Californian branch of Theosophy, known as the Temple. Ivey chronicles the history of the Temple from the group's origins in Syracuse through its establishment of an intentional community in Arroyo Grande, California, known as Halcyon. Ivey offers a depiction of the Theosophical movement that at times seems quite modern, highlighting the group's desire to harmonize spirituality, science, and health within a globally connected world; however, the movement's naive eclecticism and rudimentary approach to health cures through electrical currents make its origins in the early twentieth century rather evident. Ivey approaches the task of presenting both the history of Theosophy and the social impact of the Halcyon utopian experiment by organizing his book along two tracts: one traces the historical context and evolution of the Temple chronologically, while the other...

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