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From the Ashes : Making Sense of Waco
     

From the Ashes : Making Sense of Waco

by James R. Lewis
 

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In 45 short essays aimed at a broad audience, the contributors to From the Ashes place the Branch Davidians in historical and comparative perspective with nontraditional religions, analyze the government's handling of the Waco confrontation, assess the media's coverage and public response, and provide an overview of responses from the academic and religious

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In 45 short essays aimed at a broad audience, the contributors to From the Ashes place the Branch Davidians in historical and comparative perspective with nontraditional religions, analyze the government's handling of the Waco confrontation, assess the media's coverage and public response, and provide an overview of responses from the academic and religious community. Although the contributors represent a wide variety of viewpoints, they are united in the belief that the 89 deaths could have been avoided and that the popular demonization of nontraditional religious movements in the aftermath of Waco represents a continuing threat to freedom of religion. Contributors include: Dick Anthony, Michael Barkun, James Beckford, Col. Charlie Beckwith, Eldridge Cleaver, Dean M. Kelly, Franklin H. Littell, and Thomas Robbins.

Editorial Reviews

Christianity Today
The essays, articles, editorials, and letters contained in this disturbing book raise a number of pointed questions about the Waco incident—questions that were not resolved by the official investigation.
Journal Of Psychology and Theology
But this book, happily is not slow journalism, but fast scholarship....the essays here are quite insightful...
Choice
Designed for the general reader, the essays on the religion of the Davidians are especially helpful....
Religious Studies Review - Alexis Strachan
This book represents an ideal case-study for surveying contemporary and historical examples of nontraditional religious movements.
CHOICE
Designed for the general reader, the essays on the religion of the Davidians are especially helpful....

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847679140
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/29/1994
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.85(d)

Meet the Author

James R. Lewis is Academic Director of the Association of World Academics for Religious Education.

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