Marie Ogden's Home of Truth colony—a religious community that was located in southern Utah during the 1930s and 40s—was part of a segment of the American religious landscape that has largely been overlooked. As such, her movement points to a significant gap in the historiography of American religion. In addition to documenting the history of this obscure community, I situate Marie Ogden as part of what I call the early new age of American religion, an underdeveloped part of the broader categories of metaphysical religion or Western esotericism. This thesis also points to several other overlooked figures from the same era, suggesting several avenues for further study.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; History
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Thayne, Stanley J., "The Home of Truth: The Metaphysical World of Marie Ogden" (2009). Theses and Dissertations. 2023.
metaphysical religion, Western esotericism, American West, religious studies, astrology, the occult, Aquarian Age, New Age, New Thought, new religious movements, Theosophy, Great Depression, U.S. History