Salvation and Suicide

Salvation and Suicide : Jim Jones, the Peoples Temple, and Jonestown

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Re-issued in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the mass suicides at Jonestown, this revised edition of David Chidester's path-breaking 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." David Chidester is Chair of Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town and author or editor of 20 books, including "American Sacred Space" (IUP, 1995), edited with Edward T. Linenthal, and "Christianity: A Global History".show more

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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 150 x 230mm
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0253313244
  • 9780253313249

Table of contents

Foreword by Catherine L. Albanese and Stephen J. SteinPrologue; Introduction: Jim Jones, the Peoples Temple, and Jonestown; I. Perspectives on an Event; II. The Classifications of Persons; III. Orientation in Space; IV. Orientation in Time; V. Salvation and Suicide; EpilogueAppendix: Preface to the Original Edition; Notes; Indexshow more

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Praise for the first edition: "[This] ambitious and courageous book...offers an important benchmark of theology by which questions about the meaningful history of the Peoples Temple may be measured." Journal of the American Academy of Religion "Fascinating... Perhaps this book will bring a sense of humanity, and of respect, for the dreams and ambitions of the people who died [at Jonestown]." San Francisco Chronicle "An impressive tour de force." Religious Studies Reviewshow more

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