Salvation and Suicide

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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."


FOREWORD BY CATHERINE L. ALBANESE AND STEPHEN J. STEINPREFACE

Introduction: Jim Jones, the Peoples Temple, and Jonestown

I. PERSPECTIVES ON AN EVENT1. Death and Rituals of Exclusion and Inclusion2. Cognitive Distancing3. Religiohistorical Interpretation

II. THE CLASSIFICATION OF PERSONS1. Superhuman2. Subhuman3. Human

III. ORIENTATION IN SPACE1. Cosmic Space2. Geographic Space3. Body Space

IV. ORIENTATION IN TIME1. Cosmic Time2. Historical Time3. Body Time

V. SALVATION AND SUICIDE1. Religious Suicide2. White Nights3. The End

Epilogue

NOTESINDEX

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Published 22 August 1991
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EAN13 9780253112743
Language English
Document size 27 MB

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