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The Resource Heaven's gate : America's UFO religion, Benjamin E. Zeller ; foreword by Robert W. Balch

Heaven's gate : America's UFO religion, Benjamin E. Zeller ; foreword by Robert W. Balch

Label
Heaven's gate : America's UFO religion
Title
Heaven's gate
Title remainder
America's UFO religion
Statement of responsibility
Benjamin E. Zeller ; foreword by Robert W. Balch
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In March 1997, thirty-nine people in Rancho Santa Fe, California, ritually terminated their lives. To outsiders, it was a mass suicide. To insiders, it was a graduation. This act was the culmination of over two decades of spiritual and social development for the members of Heaven's Gate, a religious group focused on transcending humanity and the Earth, and seeking salvation in the literal heavens on board a UFO. In this fascinating overview, Benjamin Zeller not only explores the question of why the members of Heaven's Gate committed ritual suicides, but interrogates the origin and evolution of the religion, its appeal, and its practices. By tracking the development of the history, social structure, and worldview of Heaven's Gate, Zeller draws out the ways in which the movement was both a reflection and a microcosm of larger American culture.The group emerged out of engagement with Evangelical Christianity, the New Age movement, science fiction and UFOs, and conspiracy theories, and it evolved in response to the religious quests of baby boomers, new religions of the counterculture, and the narcissistic pessimism of the 1990s. Thus, Heaven's Gate not only reflects the context of its environment, but also reveals how those forces interacted in the form of a single religious body. In the only book-length study of Heaven's Gate, Zeller traces the roots of the movement, examines its beliefs and practices, and tells the captivating story of the people of Heaven's Gate
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Zeller, Benjamin E
Dewey number
299/.93
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Heaven's Gate (Organization)
  • Cults
  • United States
  • Heaven's Gate (Organization)
  • Verenigde Staten
  • Heaven's Gate
  • UFO-Bewegung
  • Heaven's Gate (Organization)
  • Cults
  • Religion
  • United States
Label
Heaven's gate : America's UFO religion, Benjamin E. Zeller ; foreword by Robert W. Balch
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-273) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The cultural and religious origins of heaven's gate -- The spiritual quest and self-transformation: why people joined heaven's gate -- The religious worldview of heaven's gate -- Understanding heaven's gate's theology -- Religious practices in heaven's gate -- Why suicide?: closing heaven's gate -- Heaven's gate as an American religion
Control code
ocn876883367
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 287 pages
Isbn
9781479803811
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014020797
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40024316249
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)876883367
Label
Heaven's gate : America's UFO religion, Benjamin E. Zeller ; foreword by Robert W. Balch
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-273) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The cultural and religious origins of heaven's gate -- The spiritual quest and self-transformation: why people joined heaven's gate -- The religious worldview of heaven's gate -- Understanding heaven's gate's theology -- Religious practices in heaven's gate -- Why suicide?: closing heaven's gate -- Heaven's gate as an American religion
Control code
ocn876883367
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 287 pages
Isbn
9781479803811
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014020797
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40024316249
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)876883367

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