Peoples Temple and Black Religion in America

Peoples Temple and Black Religion in America

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Peoples Temple and Black Religion in America

The Peoples Temple movement ended on November 18, 1978, when more than 900 men, women, and children died in a ritual of murder and suicide in their utopianist community of Jonestown, Guyana. Only a handful lived to tell their story. As is well known, Jim Jones was white, but most of his followers were black. Despite that, little has been written about Peoples Temple in the context of black religion in America. In ten essays, all but three specially commissioned for this volume, scholars from various disciplines address this gap in the scholarship on Peoples Temple. Twenty-five years after the tragedy at Jonestown, they assess the impact of Peoples Temple on the black religious experience.

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ISBN-13: 9780253343710
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 10/15/2003
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.26(d)

Table of Contents

1.Peoples Temple as Black Religion: Re-imagining the Contours of Black Religious Studies1
2.Daddy Jones and Father Divine: The Cult as Political Religion28
3.An Interpretation of Peoples Temple and Jonestown: Implications for the Black Church47
4.Demographics and the Black Religious Culture of Peoples Temple57
5.Peoples Temple and Housing Politics in San Francisco81
6.To Die for the Peoples Temple: Religion and Revolution after Black Power103
7.Jim Jones and Black Worship Traditions123
8.Breaking the Silence: Reflections of a Black Pastor139
9.America Was Not Hard to Find158
10.The Church in Peoples Temple166

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