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The Nowhere Place Isaiah 65:17-25

The Nowhere Place

The vision of a perfect world in Isaiah 65 calls us to create immediate changes in the realm of the real.

At a Glance

No community whose stated aim was to be a utopia has ever survived. Not that people haven't tried to live in perfect harmony. They've tried. We've tried. Yet, nothing even remotely close to the vision of Isaiah has been realized. So, what's the point of trying?

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "Situational Awareness," November 14, 2010, at

According to Google, there are only seven communities worldwide named "Utopia," and six of them are in the United States. Actually, though, that statement is misleading. The Utopia in Kansas is now a ghost town, and the ones in Florida, New York and Illinois have been subsumed into larger communities with other names. A few people live in what was Utopia, Ohio, but the community by that name is now a historical memory. Utopia, Texas, is still there, although with a population of less than 250. The one not in the United States is in New South Wales, Australia, and it seems to be little...

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