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The Religious Affiliation of
Jim Jones
who led Peoples Temple followers to suicide


From: Jason Jeffrey, "Who Was Jim Jones" in New Dawn Magazine, No. 29 (January-March 1995) (http://www.newdawnmagazine.com/Articles/Who%20Was%20Jim%20Jones.html; viewed 25 May 2005):
During the early 1960s the People's Temple set up soup kitchens, distributed free groceries and clothing, and organised other community programs. Jones was ordained as a minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 1964.

Religious scholar J. Gordon Melton [an ordained United Methodist and author of the Encyclopedia of American Religions] points out that: "Jim Jones' Peoples' Temple, labeled a 'cult' after the deaths in Jonestown, was in fact a congregation within mainline Christianity. It was a full member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) which in turn is a member of the National Council of Churches.

"Liberal Protestants heralded it for its social action program, and during the mid-1970s, several denominations such as the United Methodist Church devoted an entire adult church school lesson to extolling its virtues."

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