Apocalypse Observed: Religious Movements and Violence in by John R. Hall

By John R. Hall

Because the millennium ways, there's renewed curiosity in Apocalyptic visions. through the years, numerous teams, or cults have introduced the belief of the Apocalypse into the media. during this very important and well timed paintings, Apocalypse saw analyzes 5 of the main infamous cults of contemporary years. John R. corridor, in addition to Philip D. Schuyler and Sylvaine Trinh current a desirable and revealing account of spiritual sects and clash. Cults lined contain: the apocalypse at Jonestown * the department Davidians at Waco * the violent course of Aum Shinrikyo * the magical apocalypse of the sun Temple the mass suicide of Heaven's Gate. Apocalypse saw appears to be like are each one of those cults via an in-depth research. The authors convey how the non secular violence that introduced those teams to the eye of the world-at-large didn't erupt basic from the ideals of the cult fans. The personalities of the cult leaders are explored. What drove Jim Jones, David Koresh, and Michael Applewhite to develop into a few the realm most renowned ''murderers?'' What led usual voters to persist with those males? during this attention-grabbing paintings, all of those matters, in addition to numerous different are mentioned. Apocalypse saw also will make clear a few of the lesser identified, but both demanding cults. This ebook will examine vintage questions on the final word which means of lifestyles, and how within which cults sought solutions to such questions.

Show description

Read or Download Apocalypse Observed: Religious Movements and Violence in North America, Europe, and Japan PDF

Similar other religions books

Remedies against int organisations

Foreign organisations became significant gamers at the foreign scene, whose acts and actions impact members, businesses and states. harm to pursuits or violation of rights occasionally happen (such as in the course of peacekeeping operations). Wellens considers the treatments on hand to capability claimants equivalent to deepest contractors, employees individuals or an individual discomfort harm.

Encounters of the Spirit: Native Americans and European Colonial Religion (Religion in North America)

Historians have lengthy been conscious that the come upon with Europeans affected all elements of local American lifestyles. yet have been Indians the single ones replaced by means of those cross-cultural conferences? may perhaps the rookies' methods, together with their non secular ideals and practices, have additionally been altered amid their myriad contacts with local peoples?

Living the Enlightenment: Freemasonry and Politics in Eighteenth-Century Europe

Lengthy famous as greater than the writings of a dozen or so philosophes, the Enlightenment created a brand new secular tradition populated via the literate and the prosperous. Enamoured of British associations, Continental Europeans grew to become to the imported masonic resorts and located in them a brand new discussion board that was once constitutionally developed and logically egalitarian.

Shamanism and Northern Ecology

The sequence faith and Society (RS) contributes to the exploration of religions as social platforms- either in Western and non-Western societies; specifically, it examines religions of their differentiation from, and intersection with, different cultural platforms, comparable to artwork, economic climate, legislations and politics.

Extra info for Apocalypse Observed: Religious Movements and Violence in North America, Europe, and Japan

Sample text

In the glare of the media spotlight, the collective migration began in earnest in July of 1977. By September, the population of Jonestown had mushroomed to around a thousand people, around 70 per cent blacks, 30 per cent whites. A steady trickle of immigrants continued to arrive through October of 1978. The Concerned Relatives and the “concentration camp” There is no way of knowing how Jonestown would have developed as a communal settlement in the absence of the increasingly polarized conflict with its opponents.

Gone to the promised land The organizational and political successes of Peoples Temple by the mid-1970s give cause to wonder why Jim Jones did not move directly into the realm of politics, as other activist leaders of religious social movements have done. But the question is moot because the Temple became embroiled in controversy and migrated en masse to Guyana. Indeed, these developments reveal the precarious nature of Peoples Temple’s political successes, for those successes depended on the public-relations facade that hid the Temple’s more radical and dubious aspects from the wider society.

After Jonestown What is the cultural significance of Jonestown? The answer to this question hinges on highly contested questions about why the mass suicide occurred. With a basic narrative of the group’s history at hand, we can consider these questions. A general list of necessary preconditions—without which the murderous attack and mass self-destruction would not have occurred—might reasonably focus on the internal features of a group that could undertake such acts, specifically: • • • • a charismatic religious social movement an apocalyptic ideology a form of social organization adequate to maintain solidarity legitimacy enough among followers to exercise collective social control over the affairs of the community • sufficient economic and political viability • life within strong social boundaries in cognitive isolation from society at large.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.55 of 5 – based on 31 votes