1st Edition

Apocalypse Observed Religious Movements and Violence in North America, Europe and Japan

    244 Pages
    by Routledge

    244 Pages
    by Routledge

    Apocalypse Observed is about religious violence. By analyzing five of the most notorious cults of recent years, the authors present a fascinating and revealing account of religious sects and conflict. Cults covered include:

    * the apocalypse at Jonestown
    * the Branch Davidians at Waco
    * the violent path of Aum Shinrikyo
    * the mystical apocalypse of the Solar Temple
    * the mass suicide of Heaven's Gate.

    Through comparative case studies and in-depth analysis, the authors show how religious violence can erupt not simply from the beliefs of the cult followers or the personalities of their leaders, but also from the way in which society responds to the cults in its midst.

    1. The Apocalypse at Jonestown 2. From Jonestown to Waco 3. The Violent Path of Aum Shinrikyo 4. The Mystical Apocalypse of the Solar Temple 5. Finding Heaven's Gate Epilogue


    Hall, John R.; Schuyler, Philip D.; Trinh, Sylvaine

    'Required reading for anyone perplexed by the persistence of millenarian thought' - Michael F. Brown, Williams College

    'This book takes an original and challenging view of a number of extremely controversial new religious movements.' - Journal of Contemporary Religion