Modern Religious Utopias

Oregon State University professor Amy Koehlinger talked about modern religious utopias, focusing on Father Divine’s Peace Mission… read more

Oregon State University professor Amy Koehlinger talked about modern religious utopias, focusing on Father Divine’s Peace Mission Movement and Jim Jones' People’s Temple. 

Father Divine, who claimed to be the living incarnation of God, saw the rapid growth of his Peace Mission Movement during the Great Depression, when he was estimated to have had as many as 50,000 followers.

Jim Jones drew inspiration for his People’s Temple from Father Divine. However, Jim Jones is best remembered for orchestrating the largest cult suicide involving Americans in history, with more than 900 members, including children, ingesting a cyanide-laced drink on Jones' orders. close

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Modern Religious Utopias

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Corvallis, Oregon, United States
First Aired:
Jan 4, 2014
Last Aired:
Feb 9, 2014

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  • Jan 04, 2014 | 8:01pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Feb 08, 2014 | 7:59pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Feb 09, 2014 | 12:00am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Feb 09, 2014 | 1:00pm EST | C-SPAN 3
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