Religious, Jonestown massacre

Religious, Jonestown massacre - Shawn Logue Prof John...

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Shawn Logue Prof John Lardas Religious Studies 203 Sept 8, 2007 Through Albanese and his writing, “The Elephant in the Dark,” one could better understand how and why Jones’s religious phenomena ended in such a massacre. For one to properly understand Jonestown, it is necessary to explore the social and psychological processes that were used which ensured such extremes of social conformity and obedience were achieved. Jones had shared with his followers his paranoid beliefs that involved the American government. Jones told his followers the government was planning to destroy any followers of the Peoples Temple. Over the years Jones followers became more and more accustomed to looking to Jones for salvation. Jones introduces outside threats over the years and kept saving them from these “threats,” because of this they trusted to him, looked to him when they were in need, some even saw him as a father figure. So why would these followers go to such extremes as to give their own lives to embrace their beliefs? Why would one voluntarily
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