There is an interesting class difference to be found among these apocalyptic sects. The victims at Waco were predominantly from the lower class, as was true of Jonestown. The Heaven's Gate believers, on the other hand, were on the whole from the middle class.
It is fashionable to wax apocalyptic about the threat to humanity posed by the AIDS virus, "mad cow" disease, and many others, but I think a case can be made that faith is one of the world's great evils, comparable to the smallpox virus but harder to eradicate.Richard Dawkins
The Branch Davidians were a separatist, communal sect of the Seventh Day Adventists that had occupied several buildings and some acreage outside of Waco,Texas. David Koresh, the sect's leader, preached an apocalyptic message of a showdown with government forces.Jeffrey B. Bumgarner (2006). Federal Agents: The Growth of Federal Law Enforcement in America. Praeger. p. 87. ISBN 978-0275989538.
Like Peoples Temple, the Branch Davidians approximated the 'apocalyptic sect' as an ideal type.John R. Hall, Philip D. Schuyler, Sylvaine Trinh (2000). Apocalypse Observed: Religious Movements and Violence in North America, Europe and Japan. Routledge. p. 47. ISBN 978-0415192774.
Todayart is moving in a direction of which our fathers would never even have dreamed.We stand before the new pictures as in a dream and we hear the apocalyptic horsemen in the air.Franz Marc
Peoples Temple and the Branch Davidians both approximated the 'apocalyptic sect' as an ideal type. In such sects the end of the world is taken as a central tenet.Stuart A. Wright (1995). Armageddon in Waco: Critical Perspectives on the Branch Davidian Conflict. University Of Chicago Press. p. 207. ISBN 978-0226908458.
The war in Afghanistan against apocalyptic terrorism qualifies in my understanding as the first truly just war since World War II.Defining a Just War, by Richard Falk, October 11, 2001
If only I was as eloquent as Demosthenes , I would have to do no more than repeat a single word three times. Reason is language Logos; I gnaw on this marrowbone and will gnaw myself to death over it. It is still always dark over these depths for me: I am still always awaiting an apocalyptic angel with a key to this abyss.johann georg hamann
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