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  • Author:
    David Chidester
  • ISBN:
    0253206901
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    978-0253206909
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    Indiana University Press; Religion in North America edition (August 1, 1991)
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    208 pages
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Series: Religion in North America. I encourage anybody interested in reading about Jonestown, the People's Temple, and Jim Jones beyond the criminal acts and the governments' failures in preventing this tragedy. 16 people found this helpful.

Salvation and Suicide book. I learned a lot about Jim Jones, the Peoples Temple and the power of religion. May 11, 2007 Becca rated it it was amazing. Recommends it for: guyanans.

Religion in North America.

promises of redemption through sacrifice. Religion in North America.

Series: Religion in North America. In November 1978 America confronted a shocking convergence of religion and violence in Jonestown

Series: Religion in North America. Published by: Indiana University Press. In November 1978 America confronted a shocking convergence of religion and violence in Jonestown. More than 900 Americans living in the Jonestown community in the remote jungles of Guyana committed mass suicide. The trajectory traced by the Peoples Temple through time was supported and made meaningful by specific strategies of temporal orientation within its worldview. His original conclusion that the Peoples Temple was a meaningful religious movement seems all the more prescient and astute today, when fundamentalism has raised the troubling spectre of violence and suicide all over the world.

Salvation and Suicide : An Interpretation of Jim Jones, the Peoples Temple and Jonestown. Discusses Jim Jones' techniques, describes the world view of his followers, and offers a religious perspective on the mass suicide incident. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2003. The information provided in this book is very useful for viewers trying to understand how something so drastic could happen so quickly and easily. Policies & Plans. See any care plans, options and policies that may be associated with this product. Electrode, App-product, Comp-556358623, ralus-4, ENV-prod-a, PROF-PROD, VER-29.

Discusses Jim Jones' techniques, describes the world view of his followers, and offers a religious perspective on the mass suicide incident.

Monn
This book is not about true crime but about the religious outlook and theory regarding about revolutionary suicide, cults, and Jim Jones' religious teachings. It's not about the mass murder that occurred in Jonestown but about the author's research into the religious aspect of Jonestown. I wished the author had placed some pictures besides the one on the book. The horrible, tragic mass murder that occurred on November 18, 1978 was not the first white night which were mass suicide drills. This time, it was real for everybody. There was poison in their drinks and Jim Jones was not joking that this was it. But why did he think this way? Where did this theology come from in the first place? The book attempts to answer the questions about the event's religious impact. I read about revolutionary suicide which I did not know before. As the years pass, the Jonestown Holocaust slowly goes unnoticed except for the few documentaries and visits. Jonestown was not just about Jim Jones but about the socialism, communism, and collective lives there in Guyana which went horribly wrong. I encourage anybody interested in reading about Jonestown, the People's Temple, and Jim Jones beyond the criminal acts and the governments' failures in preventing this tragedy.
Rollers from Abdun
everything went well
PanshyR
Great, wish it came a little sooner, but no one else had it. It met my expectations.
Kirimath
This book is indeed scholarly as another reviewer noted. At first I thought it must be written just for sociological college classes, but apparently its not.
That doesn't take away the enjoyment or the quality of the book however. The Author has done tons of solid research , including going through and listening to almost every recording Jim Jones ever made. Jones was quite the speaker so that must have been a gargantuan task in itself.What I enjoyed most though and what I have to really commend the Author for is that he proves that Jim Jones and The Peoples Temple had a consistent,sophisticated , cohesive theology and a rich world view.
I think most people overlook that preferring instead to believe that the Temple was a group of naive people who believed a bunch of disjointed razzmatazz that Jones picked out of the air.This book explores and analyzes The Peoples Temple theology and few other books have ever done that.I recommend this book to anyone who wants to know what the members of The Peoples Temple believed, lived for and what some of them willingly died for.
Arcanefire
In a way, it is odd that the People's Agricultural Church (name of the "church") is treated as a religious "cult" at all, given the many overlaps with political players that have always been mentioned, and the fact that the leader was on record many times as denying God and saying it was a socialist "church without God." The wife ensured that the Jones assets would be sent to Soviet Union, with a signed will before she died at the scene. Rarely is the socialist aspect delved into, to a degree that would tie together these activities with political use of the cult--- such as in the Muscone election. Would suggest this, but maybe some of the other books, and the real live tapes of his sermons, so one can hear just how little it was any kind of church. Many did not seem to see it so, and the move to Guyana involved the socialist aspect (a communist country that would be friendly and with whom Jim Jones had relations with higher ups.) No one seems to have minded, and social security type payments went there for 65,000 dollars a month for the elderly people. It's a story that continues to fascinate and more to be written.
ndup
Some works on Jonestown are largely biographies of Jones himself, others follow the events leading up to the massacre. This one delves into the theology of the cult. This 'theology' is actually political and philosophical nonsense of the worst kind. It would perhaps be easier to find a contact lens in a lake than any truth from the mouth of this madman or his leadership. We are presented with numerous examples throughout; paralyzed men told to walk in the name of socialism, frequent exhortations to members to evolve into perfect socialist beings. Jones even blames capitalism and the slave trade on the King James Bible from 1611! It is all enough to make the Soviets and Chinese blush. It's not surprising that after a few years of this, coupled with jungle comforts, many may have seen suicide as a form of salvation and deliverance.

Theology and politics are clearly matters to understand when studying the Temple, but I found little justification for a 170 pages of coverage. After all the politics of any crazy organization, be it Nazism, Communism, or Al Queda is quite malleable and subject to change when convenient. What is fascinating and critically important is the behavior and actions, something notably absent from this publication.