The Order of the Solar Temple: The Temple of Death

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Professor James R Lewis
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., May 28, 2013 - Religion - 242 pages
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In October 1994, fifty-three members of the Order of the Solar Temple in Switzerland and Québec were murdered or committed suicide. This incident and two later group suicides in subsequent years played a pivotal role in inflaming the cult controversy in Europe, influencing the public to support harsher actions against non-traditional religions.

Despite the importance of the Order of the Solar Temple, there are relatively few studies published in English. This book brings together the best scholarship on the Solar Temple including newly commissioned pieces from leading scholars, a selection of Solar Temple documents, and important previously published articles newly edited for inclusion within this book. This is the first book-length study of the Order of the Solar Temple to be published in English.

 

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Contents

The Archedia Clubs l984l 991
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The Tragedy of the Solar Temple
19
Purity and Danger in the Solar Temple
39
The Mystical Apocalypse of the Solar Temple
55
Apocalyptic Hopes and Anxieties in
91
The Case
105
Sources of Doctrine in the Solar Temple
117
The Order of the Solar Temple and Rituals of Initiation
133
The Ordre du Temple Solaire and the Quest for the Absolute Sun
155
Sects Media and the End of the World
169
Appendices
177
Select Bibliography
209
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James R. Lewis is Lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin, USA. He is a highly-published scholar of New Religions. He is the editor of The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements (2004), and also Controversial New Religions (co-edited with Jesper A. Petersen). In addition to writing a dozen other anthologies on new religions, James Lewis is the author of a textbook and a major encyclopedia in this field of study. His monographs include Legitimating New Religions (2003). He is a professional reference book author; his encyclopedias have won American Library Association, New York Public Library Association, and Choice book awards.

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