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

Apocalypse Observed: Religious Movements and Violence 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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415192774
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/23/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.51(d)

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Michael F. Brown
Required reading for perplexed touched by the persistence millenarian thought in modern life.
—(Michael F. Brown, Professor of Anthropology, Williams College)

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