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Rogue messiahs : tales of self-proclaimed saviors (original 2000; udgave 2000)

af Colin Wilson

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"Colin Wilson looks at the troubled history of charlatan messiahs, taking as a starting point the most famous 'prophet' of recent times. But Koresh was neither the most excessive of cult leaders, nor was he the most misguided. Others trod the path before him, and Colin Wilson looks at the lives of cult leaders from the earliest days of Christianity, through the stories of, among many others, the 'Rev' Jim Jones - some 900 of his followers died 'committing suicide' - and Jeffrey Lundgren, who tried to back his claim to be a Mormon prophet by brutally killing an entire family." "Colin Wilson goes on to consider what it is that makes these messiahs believe they are who they claim to be; and why there are those prepared to follow them - a messiah is nothing without someone to believe in him. What starts out as a study of self-delusion and powermania, leads Colin Wilson into an exploration of the human psyche, as he untangles the history of the charlatan messiahs and explores their world view."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved… (mere)
Medlem:JayDugger
Titel:Rogue messiahs : tales of self-proclaimed saviors
Forfattere:Colin Wilson
Info:Charlottesville, VA : Hampton Roads Pub., c2000.
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Nøgleord:non-fiction, religion, murder, sadism, history

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The Devil's Party af Colin Wilson (2000)

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Disappointing. I’ve always been interested in heresies, cults, and the like; after all, every modern religion started out as a heresy. Unfortunately, this rambling and disorganized book isn’t much use. The author, Colin Wilson, is a prolific writer on a variety of subjects, especially the occult; he seems to take some of his subject’s claims to supernatural powers seriously. He also repeatedly and tediously digresses into amateur psychoanalysis and account of his own youthful sexual experiences. Some of the people described here - David Koresh and Jim Jones, for example - are relatively well known; I hadn’t heard of some of the others: the creepy LeBaron family, supposedly responsible for over two dozen murders; and Rock Theriault, who practiced amateur surgery on his cult followers (including sawing an arm off one and vivisecting another). Unfortunately, the book is full of factual errors (the Sarin gas used by Aum Shinriyko is described as “used in the Nazi death camps”; and Hungary supposedly joins the Axis in 1944), so you can’t trust any of the descriptions; and although a few books are mentioned in the text there’s no bibliography so you can’t find the author’s sources and check for yourself. In the bargain bin at Barnes & Noble for $2 and not worth it. ( )
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UK title: The Devil’s Party

US title: Rogue Messiahs
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"Colin Wilson looks at the troubled history of charlatan messiahs, taking as a starting point the most famous 'prophet' of recent times. But Koresh was neither the most excessive of cult leaders, nor was he the most misguided. Others trod the path before him, and Colin Wilson looks at the lives of cult leaders from the earliest days of Christianity, through the stories of, among many others, the 'Rev' Jim Jones - some 900 of his followers died 'committing suicide' - and Jeffrey Lundgren, who tried to back his claim to be a Mormon prophet by brutally killing an entire family." "Colin Wilson goes on to consider what it is that makes these messiahs believe they are who they claim to be; and why there are those prepared to follow them - a messiah is nothing without someone to believe in him. What starts out as a study of self-delusion and powermania, leads Colin Wilson into an exploration of the human psyche, as he untangles the history of the charlatan messiahs and explores their world view."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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