Salvation and Suicide: An Interpretation of Jim Jones, the Peoples Temple, and Jonestown (Paperback)
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Salvation and Suicide: An Interpretation of Jim Jones, the Peoples Temple, and Jonestown (Paperback)

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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 16/10/2003
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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."

Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253216328
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 354 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
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 Review

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