Salvation And Suicide / Edition 2

Salvation And Suicide / Edition 2

by David Chidester
     
 

ISBN-10: 025321632X

ISBN-13: 9780253216328

Pub. Date: 10/01/2003

Publisher: Indiana University Press

Praise for the first edition:
"[This] ambitious and courageous book [is a] benchmark of theology by which questions about the meaningful history of the Peoples Temple may be measured." —Journal of the American Academy of Religion

Re-issued in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the mass suicides at Jonestown, this revised edition of David Chidester

Overview

Praise for the first edition:
"[This] ambitious and courageous book [is a] benchmark of theology by which questions about the meaningful history of the Peoples Temple may be measured." —Journal of the American Academy of Religion

Re-issued in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the mass suicides at Jonestown, this revised edition of David Chidester’s pathbreaking book features a new prologue that considers the meaning of the tragedy for a post-Waco, post-9/11 world. For Chidester, Jonestown recalls the American religious commitment to redemptive sacrifice, which for Jim Jones meant saving his followers from the evils of capitalist society. "Jonestown is ancient history," writes Chidester, but it does provide us with an opportunity "to reflect upon the strangeness of familiar... promises of redemption through sacrifice."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253216328
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
10/01/2003
Series:
Religion in North America Series
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
338,177
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

FOREWORD BY CATHERINE L. ALBANESE AND STEPHEN J. STEIN
PREFACE

Introduction: Jim Jones, the Peoples Temple, and Jonestown

I. PERSPECTIVES ON AN EVENT
1. Death and Rituals of Exclusion and Inclusion
2. Cognitive Distancing
3. Religiohistorical Interpretation

II. THE CLASSIFICATION OF PERSONS
1. Superhuman
2. Subhuman
3. Human

III. ORIENTATION IN SPACE
1. Cosmic Space
2. Geographic Space
3. Body Space

IV. ORIENTATION IN TIME
1. Cosmic Time
2. Historical Time
3. Body Time

V. SALVATION AND SUICIDE
1. Religious Suicide
2. White Nights
3. The End

Epilogue

NOTES
INDEX

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