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
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
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