How the Millennium Comes Violently: From Jonestown to Heaven's Gate

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Seven Bridges Press, 2000 - Religion - 305 pages
This is a survey of cult religious violence as associated with Jonestown, the Branch Davidians, Aum Shinriko, Montana Freemen, Solar Temple, Heaven's Gate and Chen Tao. The book presents case studies of contemporary millennial religions that either became violent, or had the potential for becoming violent. It sets out to reveal how outside pressures and internal forces affect the decision to use violence by new religious movements.

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Catherine Wessinger is Chair of Religious Studies at Loyola University, New Orleans.

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