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Suicide in Nazi Germany

Christian Goeschel

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199532568
eISBN:
9780191701030
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532568.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Social History

The Third Reich met its end in the spring of 1945 in an unparalleled wave of suicides. Hitler, Goebbels, Bormann, Himmler and later Göring all killed themselves. These deaths represent only the tip ... 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


Reconstructing Reality: Conspiracy Theories about Jonestown

Rebecca Moore

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.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This essay examines the conspiracy theories that have emerged to explain the mass murder-suicides of People’s Temple members in Jonestown, Guyana, in November 1978. These theories fall into three ... 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


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


Revisiting the Branch Davidian Mass Suicide Debate

Stuart A. Wright

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/9780199735631.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter revisits the controversy, recently revived by Kenneth C. G. Newport, that the Branch Davidians had a theological rationale for mass suicide and likely set fire to their own home. Newport ... More


Martyrdom

in Reconstructing Ashkenaz: The Human Face of Franco-German Jewry, 1000-1250

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759502
eISBN:
9780804786843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759502.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

Studies of the First Crusade have portrayed the assailants as presenting the Jews with the choice of baptism or death, an element of choice that has been responsible in large measure for the creation ... 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


Narratives of Persecution, Suffering, and Martyrdom: Violence in Peoples Temple and Jonestown

Rebecca Moore

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/9780199735631.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Among other things, the Jonestown murder-suicide tragedy established a point of reference for all subsequent discussions of violence and NRMs. The chapter begins by presenting a brief history of ... More


Survival

in Reconstructing Ashkenaz: The Human Face of Franco-German Jewry, 1000-1250

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759502
eISBN:
9780804786843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759502.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

Martyrdom, particularly mass suicide, is the focus of the twelfth-century Hebrew narratives of the First Crusade persecutions, which extol the lofty ideal of Kiddush ha-Shem. This chapter illuminates ... More


The Controversies about Peoples Temple and Jonestown

Rebecca Moore

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/9780199315314.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

Of the many issues and questions that emerge from the study of Peoples Temple, several appear again and again: What was the level of violence in the organization? Was Jonestown a concentration camp? ... 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


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