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ABSTRACT: A critical analysis is conducted of the wrongful death lawsuit brought against the United States government by Branch Davidian survivors and relatives. It is argued that a flawed verdict, exonerating the government of wrongdoing, was the result of evidentiary and procedural rulings by...
ABSTRACT: A remarkable number of women leaders and teachers in the history of Christianity have relied on the ‘supernatural,’ spiritual authority received through extraordinary religious experiences. Among them were the Finnish ‘sleep-preachers,’ laywomen who felt called to preach and...
ABSTRACT: This article analyzes the two major legal trials involving surviving members of the Branch Davidian sect that was involved in the fiery conflagration outside of Waco, Texas, in 1993. The criminal trial, which took place in 1994, and the wrongful death civil trial against the federal...
ABSTRACT: A sizeable minority of Westerners who have no particular connection with Eastern or New Age religions nevertheless claim to believe in reincarnation. Does this belief affect their practical morality and how they think about suffering and injustice? An interview study conducted in...
ABSTRACT: This article concentrates on Wicca as the focus for a study of researching initiatory religion as an insider. Some problems associated with the study of such religions are addressed in a critical examination of earlier research by Tanya Luhrmann, before attempting to establish how the...
ABSTRACT: The article provides a summary of some aspects of ongoing research about the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God (MRTCG), which caused some 780 deaths in Uganda in March 2000. The MRTCG emerged out of a wider milieu of Ugandan popular Catholicism; the turmoils...
ABSTRACT: In 1999 former Senator John Danforth was appointed by Attorney General Janet Reno as Special Counsel to investigate alleged illegal or improper behavior by government agencies before and during the Waco critical incident in 1993. His final report to the Deputy Attorney General...
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