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Concluding Observations

Kenneth G. C. Newport

in The Branch Davidians of Waco: The History and Beliefs of an Apocalyptic Sect

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199245741
eISBN:
9780191697494
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245741.003.0017
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

It is important to note that the combined membership of the various factions of the movement never amounted to more than 1,000 in total. Also, the Davidian and the Branch Davidian traditions existed ... More


Explaining Militarization at Waco: The Construction and Convergence of the Warfare Narrative

Stuart A. Wright

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.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This essay examines how the Branch Davidians — a small religious group following a peaceful lifestyle in rural Texas — came to be perceived as a dangerous community that required an aggressive and ... More


The Branch Davidians of Waco: The History and Beliefs of an Apocalyptic Sect

Kenneth G. C. Newport

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199245741
eISBN:
9780191697494
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245741.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

What were the beliefs of the Branch Davidians? This book provides an account of their history. The book argues that, far from being an act of unfathomable religious insanity, the calamitous fire at ... More


‘The Ultimate Act of Faith?’ The Cause of the Waco Fire

Kenneth G. C. Newport

in The Branch Davidians of Waco: The History and Beliefs of an Apocalyptic Sect

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199245741
eISBN:
9780191697494
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245741.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

The negotiations at Waco had failings from both sides. The FBI are now able to understand the nature of the Branch Davidian community but the agency was at the time not able to account for how the ... More


‘Prophecies shall Fail’ (cf. 1 Corinthians 13.8): Post-1993 Branch Davidianism

Kenneth G. C. Newport

in The Branch Davidians of Waco: The History and Beliefs of an Apocalyptic Sect

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199245741
eISBN:
9780191697494
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245741.003.0016
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

More than eighty members of the Branch Davidian movement died during the Mt. Carmel fire in the spring of 1993. Not long after the fire, it was evident that the interest of the general public veered ... More


‘A Mad Man in Waco’: David Koresh in Popular Perspective

Kenneth G. C. Newport

in The Branch Davidians of Waco: The History and Beliefs of an Apocalyptic Sect

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199245741
eISBN:
9780191697494
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245741.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

‘Mt. Carmel’, was a set of buildings that served as the headquarters of the Branch Davidian movement. It was located about twelve miles away from Waco, Texas. On 19 April 1993, however, it was found ... More


‘Thy Kingdom Come’ (cf. Matthew 10.6): the Theology of Victor Houteff and the Davidian Seventh-day Adventists

Kenneth G. C. Newport

in The Branch Davidians of Waco: The History and Beliefs of an Apocalyptic Sect

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199245741
eISBN:
9780191697494
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245741.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

The progress that Victor Houteff's followers and the church experienced up to his death in February 1955 was rooted mainly on the theology of Houteff. Some of the fundamental aspects of Houteff's ... More


The FBI’s “Cult War” against the Branch Davidians

Catherine Wessinger

in FBI and Religion: Faith and National Security before and after 9/11

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520287273
eISBN:
9780520962422
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520287273.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines the FBI’s engagement of the Branch Davidians and the eventual bombing of the group at their Waco compound. The author explains how the cult essentialist perspective, which ... More


Rural Radicalism in Our Time

Catherine McNicol Stock

in Rural Radicals: Righteous Rage in the American Grain

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781501714030
eISBN:
9781501714047
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501714030.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

In the post-war years, many farm groups continued the tradition of non-violent protest against falling crop prices and community decline. But falling incomes and rising racial resentments in the ... More


The Branch Davidians and Waco: The Culmination of Religious Intolerance

John Corrigan and Lynn S. Neal

in Religious Intolerance in America: A Documentary History

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807833896
eISBN:
9781469604091
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807895955_corrigan.12
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter focuses on one of the challenges faced when one attempts to study Waco. Despite its recent occurrence, evidence is missing, the interpretation of existing evidence is disputed, and ... More


Texas Redux: A Comparative Analysis of the FLDS and Branch Davidian Raids

Stuart A. Wright and Jennifer Lara Fagen

in Saints Under Siege: The Texas State Raid on the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814795286
eISBN:
9780814795309
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814795286.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter compares the 2008 Texas state raid on the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints (FLDS) at the Yearning for Zion Ranch with the federal raid on the Branch Davidians ... More


Minority Religions and the Context of Violence: A Conflict/Interactionist Perspective

James T. Richardson

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/9780199735631.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter uses a conflict orientation to examine the violence associated with the recent rise of newer religious groups or "cults," as well as longer-term minority religions. The interactional ... More


The Branch Davidians

Stuart A. Wright and Susan J. Palmer

in Storming Zion: Government Raids on Religious Communities

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
December 2015
ISBN:
9780195398892
eISBN:
9780190269982
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398892.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter presents a case study of the Branch Davidians, a small Seventh Day Adventist sect. It begins with an overview of the raid conducted by U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) ... More


The Branch Davidians

Eugene V. Gallagher

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/9780199315314.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

The Branch Davidians became known to the general public when agents of the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms staged a massive raid on their home and church outside of Waco, Texas, on ... More


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