• Behavior and Violence in Media Outlets
    Critical Thinking Exercise 2: Cults 1. What am I being asked to believe or accept? I am asked to believe that cults offer what our society doesn’t follow through with. Cults offer to fill our societal holes and flaws by promising to fill a “need”. 2. Is there evidence available to support the claim...
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  • Cults
    Cults An estimated 5 to 7 million Americans have been involved in cults, or cult-like groups according to Cultclinic.org. To some estimates 3,000 cults exist worldwide. But, what is a cult? A cult is defined as a “new religious group devoted to a living leader and committed to a fixed set of teachings...
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  • Jonestown: "Ends Justifies the Means"
    at a tiny airstrip, and most in a mass murder/suicide, both orchestrated by their leader and Minister Jim Jones. The question on many people’s minds is was this conspiracy? Did the CIA use this cult to cover up an assassination of a government official? This is a possibility that I will explore. Thank...
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  • I-Search Example
    Control the Lives and the Minds of Cult Followers? Cult psychology is a topic I have always been interested in, but I have never pursued this knowledge. Before research, I assumed all cults were destructive. I also assumed cults were all negative. I knew cults used the technique known as brainwashing...
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  • Jonestown Mass Suicide. Jim Jones
    Jonestown Mass Suicide: A Look at Jim Jones diagnosis and the People's Temples 918. This is the number of people that died in Jonestown, from apparent cyanide poisoning because of Jim Jones. This mass murder/suicide was one of the largest in modern history that resulted in the largest single loss...
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  • Healthy Lifestyle
    What Makes a Religion Different from a Cult In the morning when I wake from sleep, one of the first things I focus on is thanks to God for another day. The ideal practice would be to get on my knees and formally give thanks in a customary form called prayer. This doesn’t always work out in a formal...
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  • People's Temple
    Pysqyli 1 People's Temple Nobody joins a cult. Nobody joins something that they think is going to hurt them. They believe they are joining an organization or a religious community in which love...
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  • Violence in New Religious Movements
    Temple in 1994, the Aum Shunrikyo subway poisonings in 1995 and the suicide of thirty-nine members of the Heaven's Gate cult in 1997 are possibly the most well-known and shocking cases of cult violence. The relationship between NRMs and violence has now been in the public interest for a long time - pushed...
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  • Jim Jones
    900 members of an American cult called the Peoples Temple died in a mass suicide by the direction of their leader Jim Jones. The mass suicide/murder took place at the so-called Jonestown settlement in the country in South American named Guyana. Peoples Temple founded by Jones, in Indiana in the 1950s...
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  • Cult Leaders
    Cult Leadership An important component of any group is the leadership role. Whether it is formal or informal, there tends to be an authority figure that not only leads the way for many, but controls them. The generic societal view of a great leader is someone who is charismatic, on the contrary though...
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  • Journal
    The tragedy that occurred in Jonestown was just that a tragedy. A brain washing, manipulative, so called profit, Jim Jones, inadvertently forced the hand of many to commit mass suicide. Jones pushed for a congregation of equality and self-supported congregation. He used pamphlets and flyers that for...
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  • The Sociopathic Religious Leader and Terrorism
    personable demeanor. Even more inexplicable is how another Bible-toting holy-roller by the name of Jim Jones convinced more than 900 people to kill themselves by drinking Kool-Aid. Both Marshall Applewhite and Jim Jones had a way with words that could convince people to do absolutely anything. Fortunately for...
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  • Definition of Cult
    Ryan Ange ENG 111 8 November 2012 Definition of Cult The meaning of the word cult has changed dramatically over time, therefore the current definition should be changed to reflect the way today’s society views and understands its meaning. Cult as a word has been around for a long time. Its original...
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  • 1984 - Warnings Against Evil Beings in Power
    religion and that it is "God's Will," there is nothing wrong with his way, and continues to stand by them. Jim Jones was the leader of the cult known as The People's Temple. As ruler of the sect, Jones confiscated passports and millions of dollars and controlled his followers with threats of blackmail, beatings...
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  • Positive and Negative Sides to Religion
    peaceful existence; there are extremists that teach violence and oppression. Even in Christianity also has fundamentalists and extremists that start cults and brainwash others into believing that their way is the only way. This manipulation and oppression is justified because of the charisma that the...
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  • Cults
    joined a cult; the dangers of cults have become severe over the past years and have caused thousands of deaths due to the influence of cults members and leaders. Cults are able to gain members, due the fact that people in actuality do not know it is a cult they are joining. After joining a cult, some people...
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  • Guyana-Land of Many Waters
    when 918 members of the American cult, Peoples Temple, died in a mass murder/suicide. Most of the suicides were American and more than 300 children were killed; the people were members of a group led by Jim Jones in Jonestown, the settlement which they had created. Jim Jones' bodyguards had earlier attacked...
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  • History on Jim Jones
     Eng 101 Professor Keefe 5 December 2012 Authority in the Heart of Jim Jones Many theories and questions are raised from the problem of obedience to authority. What can make another person be obedient to another? Why do some people obey others when they know what they’re doing is wrong? This...
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  • Jim Jones and Tthe People's Temple
    Jim Jones and the People's Temple Reverend Jim Jones was the charismatic leader of the Peoples Temple, a religious organization that hit its stride in the mid-1970s. Jones and his Temple are best known for the mass murder/suicide that was executed Guyana in 1978. Over 900 people drank cyanide-laced...
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  • Jonestown
    and furthermore it would be known as the second reason and place where most Americans died in a non-natural disaster, second after September 11th. Jim Jones the creator of Jonestown would be known as the responsible for the awful episodes that took so many innocent lives. More than a thousand people lost...
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