Days after the suicides began, a former member, tipped off by his compatriots as to their intentions, stumbled into and then quickly out of the house. For insiders, it was a graduation.
This act was the culmination of more than two decades of religious and social development of the group, a movement that took several names over its years. Along the way the group developed a complicated theology fusing Christian, New Age, and American cultural elements, and a set of religious practices likewise drawing from multiple religions, science fiction, and pop culture. The group ended on its own terms, but not without outside influence.
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Rather, it jumps around covering different aspects of the group as a whole, from how people could be drawn to it, it's relation to other religions and popular culture and of course the mass suicide event. But what happens when political leaders embrace a similar logic? Anyone who has an interest in new religions and wonders how a charismatic leader can persuade 39 people to commit collective suicide will find it a highly readable account of Marshall Herff Applewhite and his followers. Refresh and try again. One of the important things he used in this book to support his arguments were primary sources. The group emerged out of engagement with Evangelical Christianity, the New Age movement, science fiction and UFOs, and conspiracy theories, and it evolved in response to the religious quests of baby boomers, new religions of the counterculture, and the narcissistic pessimism of the s. This is a repeat of an exclusive interview I did with the brother of Kevin Spacey.
The group emerged out of engagement with Evangelical Christianity, the New Age movement, science fiction and UFOs, and conspiracy theories, and it evolved in response to the religious quests of baby boomers, new religions of the counterculture, and the narcissistic pessimism of the s. Robert W. Balch is Professor of Sociology at the University of Montana.
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