Why Waco?: Cults and the Battle for Religious Freedom in America / Edition 1

Why Waco?: Cults and the Battle for Religious Freedom in America / Edition 1

by James D. Tabor
     
 


"The label "cult" can become a license to kill. . . . A courageous religious scholar, James Tabor, understanding what was at stake, tried valiantly to prevent the tragedy at Waco. Persevering in its wake, he and Eugene Gallagher thoroughly investigated the background, participants, and events leading to the destruction of the Mount Carmel Church and its members.… See more details below

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"The label "cult" can become a license to kill. . . . A courageous religious scholar, James Tabor, understanding what was at stake, tried valiantly to prevent the tragedy at Waco. Persevering in its wake, he and Eugene Gallagher thoroughly investigated the background, participants, and events leading to the destruction of the Mount Carmel Church and its members. Their findings are presented in this critically important book."—Ramsey Clark, former Attorney General

"Here, at last, is a glimpse of 'the other side' of the tragic confrontation. . . . The authors offer an alternative to the common wisdom about Waco as well as a critique of the anti-cult ideology that helped misdefine the situation and bring about its fateful—and fatal—results."—Dean M. Kelley, Counselor on Religious Liberty, National Council of Churches

"For public debate on a serious issue facing our society, this book deserves wide and sober reading."—John R. Hall, author of Gone From the Promised Land: Jonestown as American Cultural History

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520208995
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/19/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
254
Sales rank:
1,429,912
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents


Preface
Acknowledgments
1. What Might Have Been
2. Moving to Mount Carmel
3. Unlocking the Seven Seals
4. The Sinful Messiah
5. A Complex Hostage / Barricade Rescue Situation
6. The Wacko from Waco
7. The Cult Controversy
8. Waco and Religious Freedom in America
Appendix: An Unfinished Manuscript by David Koresh
Notes
A Note on Sources
Index
List of Mount Carmel Branch Davidians
Illustrations following page 146

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