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Salvation and Suicide: An Interpretation of Jim Jones, the Peoples Temple, and Jonestown (A Midland Book) ePub download

by David Chidester

  • Author: David Chidester
  • ISBN: 0253350565
  • ISBN13: 978-0253350565
  • ePub: 1675 kb | FB2: 1263 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: World
  • Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr; First Edition edition (April 1988)
  • Pages: 208
  • Rating: 4.4/5
  • Votes: 475
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Salvation and Suicide: An Interpretation of Jim Jones, the Peoples Temple, and Jonestown (A Midland Book) ePub download

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.

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promises of redemption through sacrifice. eISBN: 978-0-253-11274-3. In November 1978 many in the guild of religion scholars were gathered at New Orleans for the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion. As professionals we had come together to apply critical method from varying disciplinary perspectives to the phenomena of religion.

Salvation and Suicide: An Interpretation of Jim Jones, the People’s Temple and Jonestown (Bloomington . We have come to expect definitive conclusions that assure us that a simple, easy solution can be found to any problem.

Salvation and Suicide: An Interpretation of Jim Jones, the People’s Temple and Jonestown (Bloomington: Indiana University Press), p. 50. 2 Ibid, 26. 3 Prothero, Stephen. Prothero praises his colleagues that plough through these issues like battering- rams and tell their subjects exactly what they think about them4. The realms of historic and religious study are so filled with the chatter of opinion, emotional reaction, and judgment that an analysis without these elements can easily be written off as dry or timid.

Salvation and Suicide: Jim Jones, the Peoples Temple, and Jonestown. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2003. The central task of Salvation and Suicide, however, is to provide a "religiohistorical interpretation" of Jim Jones and the People's Temple that will "clarify the conditions of possibility within which the Peoples Temple emerged as a meaningful human enterprise" (pp. 46-47).

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Ironrunner
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.
Leyl
everything went well
Water
Great, wish it came a little sooner, but no one else had it. It met my expectations.
Utchanat
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.
Akinohn
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.
Cildorais
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.
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