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Jim Jones, Jonestown, and Alternative Viewpoints

When discussing the People’s Temple and the Jonestown tragedy, it’s very easy to focus too much on Jim Jones. We shouldn’t. The focus should be on those who lost their lives and the families that they left behind, and their very real, human motivations for joining the Temple. 103 more words

Notes And Homework

A Demagogue With Eerie Resonance Today

Book review: The Road to Jonestown, by Jeff Guinn

Bestselling investigative journalist Jeff Guinn writes a comprehensive biography of Jim Jones and his infamous Peoples Temple cult, drawing heavily on interviews with former members and a wealth of Temple and FBI documents. 1,098 more words

Narrative Nonfiction

Chat with Jonestown Survivor, Laura Johnston Kohl

*Post written by James Wethington, library assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections.

On April 10, over three hundred individuals came to Carter Hall and listened to the experiences of a strong and incredible woman: Laura Johnston Kohl. 316 more words


Reader's Corner: 'The Road to Jonestown'

The legacy of Jonestown is as horrifying as it is opaque. In The Road to Jonestown, out this week, Jeff Guinn (Manson) digs into the full history of Jim Jones, Peoples Temple, and how it led from an idealistic religious and political movement in 1950s Indiana to cult depravity and a mass murder/suicide in the jungle of Guyana. 69 more words


Horror Movie Cults: Fiction vs. Reality

Written by: Daniel Hadley

Convincing another human that the world is going to end if they do not do exactly as you say seems like no easy feat, but if you can frame your argument in such a way that it seems logical then there are some out there who will take you seriously. 2,481 more words

Feature Articles

Acceptable Sacrifices

Offer sacrifices in the right spirit, and trust the Lord.
Psalm 4:5 NLT

“Jonestown” was synonymous with Guyana, 1978, and suicide.

Jonestown was the informal name for the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project, a project of the Peoples Temple—a religious organization headed by Jim Jones. 363 more words