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Q&A: A Jonestown Survivor Remembers

No one knows more about the Jonestown massacre than journalist Tim Reiterman. He began investigating Reverend Jim Jones, the twisted leader of the Peoples Temple...

Judgment Day

At the height of Shoko Asahara's power as leader of the apocalyptic Aum Shinrikyo cult, followers paid exorbitant sums for the honor of drinking the guru's...

Malaysian Metal, Unplugged

Mahathir Mohamad's government has cracked down on radical Islamic fundamentalists and opposition parties, but the political and the religious aren't the only...

Land of Spirits

The maroon-robed 14-year-old with the gentle smile and penetrating gaze was settling in nicely last week after his dramatic escape from Tibet. Ugyen Thinley...

THE LURE OF THE CULT

On Saturday, March 22, around the time that the disciples of Heaven's Gate were just beginning their quiet and meticulous self-extinction, a small cottage in the...

JAPAN: LOST WITHOUT A FAITH

ONE WAY TO DESCRIBE THE MASS POISONING IN TOKYO IS AS a gruesome practical joke. Behind every practical joke is someone trying to play God. The murderous joker...

Religion: The Quandary of the Cults

Main-line U.S. churches are unsure how to confront them Why has main-line religion been so ineffectual in confronting the bizarre cults that were proliferating...

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