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October Meeting - Messiah by Gore Vidal

 

 

Messiah by Gore Vidal

 

Amazon Link:  Messiah 

 

 Synopsis: 

When a mortician appears on television to declare that death is infinitely preferable to life, he sparks a religious movement that quickly leaves Christianity and most of Islam in the dust. Now available in a Penguin Classic edition, Gore Vidal's deft and daring blend of satire and prophecy, first published in 1954, eerily anticipates the excesses of Jim Jones, David Koresh, and the Heaven's Gate suicide cult.

 

 Related Websites: 

Review of Messiah - The Lectern

Wikipedia Article on Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal Index

Philosopedia Article

Citizendia Article

There are several references in the book to a Roman Emperor named "Julian".  This refers to Julian the Apostate, a Roman Emperor who tried to bring back the worship of pagan Roman gods after the Roman Empire had converted to Christianity.  In the novel, the narrator is working on a book about Julian the Apostate who is symbolic of John Cave, the cult leader in Messiah.  Gore Vidal also wrote an historical novel about Julian.       

Julian the Apostate - Roman Empire.net

Julian the Apostate - Ancient History About.com

Julian by Gore Vidal - Amazon Link

 

About Cults:

Definitions of the Term "Cult"

Cults Q&A 

Cult Psychology 

Them and Us: Cult Thinking and the Terrorist Threat

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  • A former member
    A former member

    1 · October 16, 2012

    • Mike A.

      Thank You for finding this. Very interesting article. I added it to the website.

      October 16, 2012

  • Jim

    Hi all - didnt have time to read this one but looking forward to participating soon.. Have a great time!

    October 15, 2012

    • Mike A.

      Hi Jim. Feel free to come to the meeting even if you didn't read the book.

      October 15, 2012

  • Linda A.

    Hmmm...seems like it will be quite interesting....will have to take time to read it.....

    August 21, 2012

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