Salvation and Suicide: Jim Jones, the Peoples Temple, and Jonestown
Praise for the first edition:
Re-issued in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the mass suicides at Jonestown, this revised edition of David Chidester's pathbreaking book features a new prologue that considers the meaning of the tragedy for a post-Waco, post-9/11 world. For Chidester, Jonestown recalls the American religious commitment to redemptive sacrifice, which for Jim Jones meant saving his followers from the evils of capitalist society. "Jonestown is ancient history," writes Chidester, but it does provide us with an opportunity "to reflect upon the strangeness of familiar... promises of redemption through sacrifice."
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To the author: Jones was NEVER an associate pastor at my Grandfather John Lawrence Price's church, the
Laurel Strret Tabernacle in Indianapoolis. This is per Rev. Price's one remaining daughter, Rurh Decker-Price. My father, Rev. Harold Decker, said the same thing. My parents were married and assisting my grandfather when Jones came to the Tabernacle and they warned Rev. Price about Jones constantly.. Mary Decker--Calisiti.