Apocalypse Observed: Religious Movements, and Violence in North America, Europe, and Japan

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Psychology Press, 2000 - Religion - 228 pages
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Apocalypse Observed is about religious violence. By analyzing five of the most notorious cults of recent years, the authors present a fascinating and revealing account of religious sects and conflict. Cults covered include:

* the apocalypse at Jonestown
* the Branch Davidians at Waco
* the violent path of Aum Shinrikyo
* the mystical apocalypse of the Solar Temple
* the mass suicide of Heaven's Gate.

Through comparative case studies and in-depth analysis, the authors show how religious violence can erupt not simply from the beliefs of the cult followers or the personalities of their leaders, but also from the way in which society responds to the cults in its midst.
  

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Contents

The apocalypse at Jonestown
15
From Jonestown to Waco
44
The violent path of Aum Shinrikyo
76
The mystical apocalypse of the Solar Temple
111
Finding Heavens Gate
149
Epilogue
183
Notes
210
Bibliography
214
Index
221
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Page 1 - And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them : and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands ; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Page v - In every era the attempt must be made anew to wrest tradition away from a conformism that is about to overpower it.
Page 11 - Conflict is thus designed to resolve divergent dualisms; it is a way of achieving some kind of unity, even if it be through the annihilation of one of the conflicting parties.

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