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Salvation and Suicide,9780253216328

Salvation and Suicide

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Edition: Revised
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 9/1/2003
Publisher(s): Indiana Univ Pr
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Summary

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.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

FOREWORD BY CATHERINE L. ALBANESE AND STEPHEN J. STEIN ix
PREFACE xi
PROLOGUE (2003) xvii
Introduction: Jim Jones, the Peoples Temple, and Jonestown 1(11)
1. Perspectives on an Event 12(39)
2. The Classification of Persons 51(28)
3. Orientation in Space 79(26)
4. Orientation in Time 105(24)
5. Salvation and Suicide 129(31)
Epilogue 160(11)
NOTES 171(15)
INDEX 186

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