Your responses should convey to me what you have learned from the readings, lecture, discussions and films for the week. I am interested in your own reactions and interpretation of the material, new information and revelations you were surprised by or felt was significant, critiques, or how this material may relate to your own life experiences and beliefs. You will be graded on grammar/spelling as well, so be professional and academic with your writing. If you are citing outside sources, please use proper citation formats. These should be 1-2 pages, single-spaced, 12 pt. font and uploaded to Canvas as a word doc, pdf, or txt file. It is very important you do these assignments, and do them well, as they will make up the largest portion of your grade.
Besides your own reflections on the reading/movie/presentations, also think and discuss this question –
Do you accept the argument of scholars such as Chidester that Peoples Temple should be viewed as a genuine religious movement that engaged in a form of “religious suicide” comparable to other examples in the history of world religions? Are they bending too far over backward to portray Peoples Temple ina positive light—and thus perhaps are minimizing the fact that this was an extremely controlling and manipulative movement that ended in terrible tragedy?