Apocalypse Observed: Religious Movements and State in North America, Europe and Japan

Apocalypse Observed: Religious Movements and State in North America, Europe and Japan

by John R. Hall, Philip D. Schuyler, Sylvaine Trinh
     
 

Apocalypse Observed is about religious violence. By analyzing five of the most notorious cults of recent years, the authors present a fascinating and revealing account of religious sects and conflict. Cults covered include:

* the apocalypse at Jonestown
* the Branch Davidians at Waco
* the violent path of Aum Shinrikyo
* the mystical

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Apocalypse Observed is about religious violence. By analyzing five of the most notorious cults of recent years, the authors present a fascinating and revealing account of religious sects and conflict. Cults covered include:

* the apocalypse at Jonestown
* the Branch Davidians at Waco
* the violent path of Aum Shinrikyo
* the mystical apocalypse of the Solar Temple
* the mass suicide of Heaven's Gate.

Through comparative case studies and in-depth analysis, the authors show how religious violence can erupt not simply from the beliefs of the cult followers or the personalities of their leaders, but also from the way in which society responds to the cults in its midst.

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'Required reading for anyone perplexed by the persistence of millenarian thought' - Michael F. Brown, Williams College

'This book takes an original and challenging view of a number of extremely controversial new religious movements.' - Journal of Contemporary Religion

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By analyzing five recent and widely publicized messianic cults, Hall (sociology, U. of California, Davis) and his co-authors show how religious violence can erupt from the way in which society responds to the cults, not just through the cult beliefs or a powerful leader. Chapters cover the Jonestown apocalypse, the Waco Siege, the terror campaign of Aum Shinrikyo, the Solar Temple, and the Heaven's Gate collective suicide. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415192767
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/28/2000
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)

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