In March 1997, thirty-nine people in Rancho Santa Fe, California, ritually terminated their lives. To outsiders, it was a mass suicide. To insiders, it was a graduation. This act was the culmination of over two decades of spiritual and social development for the members of Heaven’s Gate, a religious group focused on transcending humanity and the Earth, and seeking salvation in the literal heavens on board a UFO. In this fascinating overview, Benjamin Zeller not only explores the question of why the members of Heaven’s Gate committed ritual suicides, but interrogates the origin and evolution of the religion, its appeal, and its practices. By tracking the development of the history, social structure, and worldview of Heaven’s Gate, Zeller draws out the ways in which the movement was both a reflection and a microcosm of larger American culture.The group emerged out of engagement with Evangelical Christianity, the New Age movement, science fiction and UFOs, and conspiracy theories, and it evolved in response to the religious quests of baby boomers, new religions of the counterculture, and the narcissistic pessimism of the 1990s. Thus, Heaven’s Gate not only reflects the context of its environment, but also reveals how those forces interacted in the form of a single religious body. In the only book-length study of Heaven’s Gate, Zeller traces the roots of the movement, examines its beliefs and practices, and tells the captivating story of the people of Heaven’s Gate.
Postmodernity and Popular Culture in a Suicide Group
Author: George D. Chryssides
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
The Heaven's Gate suicides were part of a series of major violent incidents involving New Religions in the 1990s. Despite the major attention that Heaven's Gate attracted, there have been few scholarly studies. This anthology on Heaven's Gate includes a combination of articles previously published in academic journals, some new writings from experts in the field, and some original Heavens Gate documents. All the material is expertly brought together under the editorship of George Chryssides.
Art, Money, and Ego in the Making of Heaven's Gate, the Film that Sank United Artists
Author: Steven Bach
Publisher: Newmarket Press
Category: Performing Arts
Heaven's Gate is probably the most discussed, least seen film in modern movie history. Its notoriety is so great that its title has become a generic term for disaster, for ego run rampant, for epic mismanagement, for wanton extravagance. It was also the film that brought down one of Hollywood’s major studios—United Artists, the company founded in 1919 by Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, D. W. Griffith, and Charlie Chaplin. Steven Bach was senior vice president and head of worldwide production for United Artists at the time of the filming of Heaven's Gate, and apart from the director and producer, the only person to witness the film’s evolution from beginning to end. Combining wit, extraordinary anecdotes, and historical perspective, he has produced a landmark book on Hollywood and its people, and in so doing, tells a story of human absurdity that would have made Chaplin proud.
The essays in this collection were originally given at the international colloquium Cent Ans de Bataille: La Bataille de Cent Ansheld at the Fondació Tàpies in Barcelona in September 1998. They are written from a variety of perspectives but are drawn together by the singular aim of addressing and interrogating Georges Bataille as our contemporary whose fascination with the rupture between mythical and experimental forms of discourse defines our own age as much as it did in Bataille's own time.More precisely, the essays in this collection range over Bataille's status as a novelist, a poet, an art critic, a philosopher and a prophet of post-modernity with this aim in mind. They not only seek to advance and clarify debate about Bataille's present status in the post-modern canon but also shed new light on the complex relation between Bataille and the present generation of readers who have come to him through the prism of post-modernist thought. It is of significance for each writer in this collection, most crucially, that the premonition of catastrophe which defined Bataille's fluid political positions is also located between tragedy and irony.
The second novel by Robert Penn Warren, author of the Pulizter-Prize-winning All The King's Men, is a tour de force and a neglected classic. At Heaven’s Gate, Robert Penn Warren’s second novel, is a neglected classic of twentieth-century fiction. First published in 1943, it grew out of the author’s years in Nashville during a period of political and financial scandals much like those later so memorably portrayed his Pulitzer-Prize-winning All The King’s Men. Other formative elements, as he has said, "came originally out of Dante by a winding path." During the winter of 1939-40 in Rome, where the first half of the book was written, one of the most touching characters, a "Christ-bit mountaineer," and his part of the story literally came full-blown to the author in a typhus-induced delirium. At Heaven’s Gate is a novel of violence, of human beings struggling against a fate beyond their power to alter, of corruption, and of honor. It is the story of Sue Murdock, the daughter of an unscrupulous speculator who has created a financial empire in the South, and the three men with whom she tries to escape the dominance of her father and her father’s world. The background is the capital of a Southern state in the late twenties and the promoters and politicians, the aristocrats and poor whites, the labor organizers and the dispossessed farmers, the backwoods prophets and university intellectuals who are drawn into its orbit. Warren’s picture of the South is as fresh, dramatic, and powerful today as it was when the book was first published. Its plot structure is a tour de force.
This book provides detailed evidence from everything Jesus prophesied, often broken down to the root definitions of terms from the Greek and Aramaic/Hebrew languages which manuscripts were written in, to show in context by numerous Bible records, how and why those called, Ti (Tee) and Do (Doe) were the new incarnations of the One referred to as the Father and before then, Jehovah and Elohim, with the One who was incarnate in the vehicle (body) named Jesus, and before then Elijah, Moses, Enoch and Adam, who with Their Crew of Student "Saints," were on earth again to fulfill the promised return of Their Kingdom during these "End Times," through Their task recorded as the "Two Witnesses" in the Book of Revelations, that was completed when they exited their incarnations in March of 1997 - seen in the world's news as Heaven's Gate. Ti and Do left extensive records of everything they came to awaken to know over their combined 25 years incarnate. As I spent 19 fully dedicated years with them I drew upon their records and my experience to describe many new translations of terms and new interpretations of most all Book of Revelations records. Finally, I studied world history and current events that can be shown to be valid reference points in many prophecies. This includes many unusual events NASA has photographed in outer space as Jesus prophesied; a cityscape of Lights on dwarf planet Ceres, earth-like qualities to dwarf planet Pluto, hexagon shaped top on Saturn, spire like towers on the Moon, complicated objects that resemble Star Trek's star-ship enterprise in the sun's corona, comets that are comprised of several to seven objects flying in V formation, or having companion objects with them and parts of UFO and Luciferian space alien reports, holograms like Fatima and Spirits. TI & DO The Father and "Jesus" Heaven's Gate UFO Two Witnesses, Who Returned Incarnate With Their "Saints," From 1972 to 1997 Prophesied in the Book of Revelations Termed by Christians as "The Second Coming" From The Physical "Evolutionary" Level Above Human The Kingdom of God in Heaven Whose Membership: "Wear" Physical Vehicles (Bodies), Grown on a Vine (That Human bodies are Designed to Resemble) To Work Within planet Sized Spacecrafts Like Pluto and Ceres That Serve as Laboratories for Their Earth Soul-Growing "Garden" Experiments That Incorporate the Negative Influence of The Luciferian "Space" Aliens, aka "The Fallen Angels" So Prospective New Members, Directed By Incarnate Older members May Overcome the Human "Evolutionary" Kingdom To Graduate Into the Next Level Kingdom In the Literal Heavens.
Montgomery "Monty" Graves thought he had a future full of promise, one secure in God's love. But when neighborhood hoodlums gun down his grandmother, Monty turns his back on the church, loses his faith, and begins a lifetime of struggle. Monty shuffles between foster care homes and is expelled from numerous schools, but he never finds the peace he once had when his grandmother was alive. His two friends, Jenaye and B.J., provide one source of comfort, but it's not enough. After college, Monty lands a top corporate job, works his way up the ladder, and is promoted to vice president. He's trying to start a relationship with Jenaye, but there's something holding him back. Could it be his vendetta against God? But God has plans for Monty, and they don't include additional wealth or success. Monty is about to be brought to his knees like never before, and he can either accept his fate or cling to the past.
The war has begun. He knew this day would come when he would have to battle His beloved and life-long friend. He could forgive him anything except a direct attack on his fellow angels, and putting His brother under a spell.A plan had to be formed before He locked the gates to the heavens, before He called the last of His angels home. For this He needed his trusted advisor, Raphael.The plan was perfect. The fate of the heavens relied on the abilities of three young teenagers, three half angels. They were the chosen ones. Being half human will keep them from being detected until they received their full powers at the 'Disc Ceremony'.On their quest the chosen ones learn of deceptions, face magical beings, unusual modes of travel, use their powers in battles to find the stolen disc and free the captives.
Inspired by God to write about human pain and the ability to witness his love and mercy, author John Muza presents Heavens Gate. It offers a collection of gospels and spiritual inspirations based on the words of the Bible. A devout Catholic who serves on the board of directors of Full Gospel Business Mens International, Muza puts into writing his thoughts on a wide array of subjects using Gods word and his teachings as a guide. Heavens Gate. addresses everything from the birth of Jesus Christ, to the gospel, immaculate conception, sin, Alzheimers, memories, friendship, the Virgin Mary, evil, the power of prayer, and more. In this collection of faith-filled messages, Muza shares the story of his experiences with his religion, using personal anecdotes and scripture to illustrate how God has worked in his life. It offers a testament of a life dedicated to God.
This book redefines the story of Heaven's Gate told by the last insider. A well written, autobiographical, true-life account experienced by Rio DiAngelo. After turning forty years old, feeling grateful for a full creative life he prays to God for a way to give back.On a three year spiritual adventure he joins the Heaven's Gate, cloistered, celibate monastery for men and women to focus on God and self-improvement. Realizing soon after that the group of people believed they were the Second Coming of Jesus and His present day Disciples.Find out: * The truth about the largest mass suicide in U.S. history.* What members said on their pre-suicide videos.* Why Rio left the group weeks before the end.* Why the news media did not report the whole story.* How members recognized the Soul of Jesus in the leader.* How members grew a Soul to make the transition.
The Thomas's are invited to Heaven's Gate by an aunt they never knew exsisted. During their stay the local bank is robbed and Billy Green is fighting for his life in hospital - what is the connection? Can Sarah, Scott, Robbie and Tilly Thomas solve the mystery in time to save Billy?
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The war has begun. He knew this day would come when he would have to battle His beloved and life-long friend. He could forgive him anything except a direct attack on his fellow angels, and putting His brother under a spell. A plan had to be formed before He locked the gates to the heavens, before He called the last of His angels home. For this He needed his trusted advisor, Raphael. The plan was perfect. The fate of the heavens relied on the abilities of three young teenagers, three half angels. They were the chosen ones. Being half human will keep them from being detected until they received their full powers at the Disc Ceremony'. On their quest the chosen ones learn of deceptions, face magical beings, unusual modes of travel, use their powers in battles to find the stolen disc and free the captives.
The Reunion at Heavens Gate and Other Stories continues in the examination of the collision and complexities of survival, redemption, and change. The author reveals the dark corners of characters and their immense desire to rise above what appears to be insurmountable odds. Their burdens are deep, yet their courage to triumph brings hope and revitalization. Weissman is an optimist and is revealed through the veil of his characters, which often appear in danger of losing it all. Their need to move forward becomes greater than the twisted circumstances they have difficulty relinquishing. The stories overflow with excitement, compassion, and truthfulness.