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Bounded Choice: True Believers and Charismatic Cults

Janja Lalich

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520231948
eISBN:
9780520937512
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520231948.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Heaven's Gate, a secretive group of celibate “monks” awaiting pickup by a UFO, captured intense public attention in 1997 when its members committed collective suicide. As a way of understanding such ... More


“Come On Up, and I Will Show Thee”: Heaven's Gate as a Postmodern Group

George D. Chryssides

in Controversial New Religions

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2006
ISBN:
9780195156829
eISBN:
9780199784806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019515682X.003.0016
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This essay examines the worldview of the Heaven’s Gate in terms of the concept of postmodernity. After the mass suicide of 1997, the group provoked controversy as an example of a “suicide cult” ... More


Science and the End of Heaven’s Gate

Benjamin E. Zeller

in Prophets and Protons: New Religious Movements and Science in Late Twentieth-Century America

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814797204
eISBN:
9780814797495
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814797204.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter focuses on the era between the death of Bonnie Lu Nettles and the mass suicide that ended the Heaven's Gate's existence. It analyzes the shifts in the group's naturalistic approach ... More


The Euphemization of Violence: The Case of Heaven’s Gate

Benjamin E. Zeller

in Violence and New Religious Movements

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199735631
eISBN:
9780199894512
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735631.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

In 1997 the members of Heaven’s Gate, a small UFO religion, committed mass suicide in Southern California. Given the group’s original teaching of bodily ascension into waiting UFOs, analysts have ... More


The Solar Temple “Transits”: Beyond the Millennialist Hypothesis

James R. Lewis

in Controversial New Religions

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2006
ISBN:
9780195156829
eISBN:
9780199784806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019515682X.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This essay examines the Order of the Solar Temple, focusing on founder Joseph Di Mambro. His idiosyncracies provide keys for understanding the Solar Temple’s dramatic final “transit.” The focus on Di ... More


“Come on up, and I will show thee”: Heaven’s Gate as a Postmodern Group

George D. Chryssides

in Controversial New Religions

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199315314
eISBN:
9780190258245
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199315314.003.0021
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter examines the worldview of the Heaven's Gate in terms of the concept of postmodernity. After the mass suicide of 1997, the group provoked controversy as an example of a “suicide cult” ... More


Fantasies of Flight

Daniel M. Ogilvie

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195157468
eISBN:
9780199894024
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157468.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

Fantasies of Flight invigorates the field of personality psychology by challenging the contemporary academic view that individuals are best studied as carriers of traits. The book ... More


Science and the Foundation of Heaven’s Gate

Benjamin E. Zeller

in Prophets and Protons: New Religious Movements and Science in Late Twentieth-Century America

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814797204
eISBN:
9780814797495
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814797204.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines the period during which Heaven's Gate founders Marshall Herff Applewhite and Bonnie Lu Nettles led the group together, from the mid-1970s until Nettles' death in 1985. It first ... More


Narcissistic Millennialism: UFO Cults (1946–2012? ce)

Richard Landes

in Heaven on Earth: The Varieties of the Millennial Experience

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199753598
eISBN:
9780199897445
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199753598.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter looks at the postmodern version of tribal cargo cults, namely various contemporary UFO beliefs covering a range of millennial variants from transformative (aliens will descend with ... More


Introduction: Cults and True Believers

Janja A. Lalich

in Bounded Choice: True Believers and Charismatic Cults

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520231948
eISBN:
9780520937512
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520231948.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

The confounding behaviors of some cult members occur as a logical conclusion to lives that have been gradually constrained in an increasingly oppressive social structure. Some cult members make ... More


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