1. Violence and religion in perspective David G. Bromley and J. Gordon Melton; 2. Dramatic denouements David G. Bromley; 3. Challenging misconceptions about the new religions-violence connection J. Gordon Melton and David G. Bromley; 4. Sources of volatility in religious movements Thomas Robbins; 5. Crises of charismatic legitimacy and violent behavior in new religious movements Lorne L. Dawson; 6. Public agency involvement in government-religious movement confrontations Stuart A. Wright; 7. Watching for violence: a comparative analysis of the roles of five types of cult-watching groups Eileen Barker; 8. Mass suicide and the Branch Davidians John R. Hall; 9. Occult masters and the temple of doom: the fiery end of the Solar Temple Massimo Introvigne and Jean-Francois Mayer; 10. Dramatic confrontations: Aum Shinrikyo against the world Ian Reader; 11. Making sense of the Heaven's Gate suicides Robert W. Balch and David Taylor; 12. Lessons from the past, perspective for the future David G. Bromley and J. Gordon Melton.
'The merit of this book is its diversity, both in analytical and topical scope ... this book may very well serve as the culmination of theoretical sociological analysis on a highly controversial social issue.' Journal of Contemporary Religion