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From the Ashes : Making Sense of Waco - Professor James R. Lewis

From the Ashes

Making Sense of Waco

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In 45 short essays aimed at a broad audience, the contributors to From the Ashes place the Branch Davidians in historical and comparative perspective with nontraditional religions, analyze the government's handling of the Waco confrontation, assess the media's coverage and public response, and provide an overview of responses from the academic and religious community. Although the contributors represent a wide variety of viewpoints, they are united in the belief that the 89 deaths could have been avoided and that the popular demonization of nontraditional religious movements in the aftermath of Waco represents a continuing threat to freedom of religion. Contributors include: Dick Anthony, Michael Barkun, James Beckford, Col. Charlie Beckwith, Eldridge Cleaver, Dean M. Kelly, Franklin H. Littell, and Thomas Robbins.

This book represents an ideal case-study for surveying contemporary and historical examples of nontraditional religious movements.--Alexis Strachan "Religious Studies Review "

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Responses to the Branch Davidian Tragedy
The Crime of Piety: Wounded Knee to Wacop. 1
Misinterpreting Religious Commitmentp. 7
Tailhook and Waco: A Commentaryp. 11
Understanding the Branch Davidians
The Waco Tragedy: An Autobiographical Account of One Attempt to Avert Disasterp. 13
The Davidian Dilemma - To Obey God or Man?p. 23
The Davidian Traditionp. 33
Millennialism and the Waco Confrontation
Reflections after Waco: Millennialists and the Statep. 41
The Millennial Dreamp. 51
Varieties of Millennialism and the Issue of Authorityp. 55
Law Enforcement and Tactical Assessments
Cult Label Made Waco Violence Inevitablep. 63
What Went Wrong in Waco? Poor Planning, Bad Tactics Result in Botched Raidp. 67
Killed by Semantics: Or Was It a Keystone Kop Kaleidoscope Kaper?p. 71
Showdown at the Waco Corral: ATF Cowboys Shoot Themselves in the Footp. 87
Misguided Tactics Contributed to Apocalypse in Wacop. 95
Mass Suicide?
Excavating Wacop. 99
Who Started the Fires? Mass Murder, American Stylep. 111
Fanning the Flames of Suspicion: The Case against Mass Suicide at Wacop. 115
The Role of the Anti-cult Movement
The Mythology of Cultsp. 121
"Cults," "Mind Control," and the Statep. 125
The Cult Awareness Network: Its Role in the Waco Tragedyp. 137
Dynamics and Impact of the Media
The Media and New Religious Movementsp. 143
Television and Metaphysics at Wacop. 150
Waco and the War of the Worlds: Media Fantasy and Modern Realityp. 157
Polygamy and Accusations of Child Abuse
A More Righteous Seed: A Comparison of Polygamy among the Branch Davidians and the Fundamentalist Mormonsp. 165
Who Committed Child Abuse at Waco?p. 169
Suffer the Little Childrenp. 175
Academic Reflections
Lessons from Waco: When Will We Ever Learn?p. 181
Why Did Waco Happen?p. 185
Reflections on the Waco Disaster: Trying to Make Sense of Insane Eventsp. 189
Deconstructing Wacop. 197
Did the G-men Sleep through SOC 100?p. 201
Reflections on the Tragedy at Wacop. 205
How Future Wacos Might Be Avoided: Two Proposalsp. 209
Sticks'n Stones May Break Your Bones but Words Can Really Hurt Youp. 213
Selected Responses
Christian Holocaustp. 215
Open Season on Messiahs?p. 217
Waco Probe Should Not Be Used to Define Religionp. 221
A New Religious Movement's Response to the Waco Tragedyp. 223
Church Universal and Triumphant Not Like Branch Davidiansp. 225
FBI Uses "Cults" as Baitp. 229
Waco: Bill Clinton's Bay of Pigsp. 235
Selected Letters to Public Officials
Letter to President Clintonp. 237
Letter to Donald Edwardsp. 241
Letter to Jack Brooksp. 245
Letter to Janet Renop. 247
Letter to Donald Edwardsp. 251
Epilogue: A Fiery Endingp. 253
Indexp. 261
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780847679157
ISBN-10: 0847679152
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 269
Published: 1st March 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.96 x 15.98  x 2.13
Weight (kg): 0.43