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Zeller speaks at Monmouth

Associate Professor of Religion Ben Zeller lectured on “Religious Suicide and the Puzzling Case of Heaven’s Gate” at Monmouth College on October 17.

Heaven’s Gate scholar to present at Monmouth College

Heaven’s Gate scholar Benjamin Zeller will discuss “Religious Suicide and the Puzzling Case of Heaven’s Gate” at 4 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Morgan Room of Poling Hall on the Monmouth College campus, 700 E. Broadway.

The talk is free and open to the public.

Zeller is the author of “Heaven’s Gate: America’s UFO Religion” and an associate professor of religion at Lake Forest College. His talk is co-sponsored by the college’s departments of sociology/anthropology, educational studies and philosophy/religious studies.

Zeller said his talk will consider several issues, including millennialism, charismatic leadership, mind-body dualism and analogous cases of religious suicides that inspired members of the movement.

Zeller will also speak to students in the Sociology of Religion course taught by Assistant Professor of Sociology Jonathan Coley and present artifacts from the religious group.

For more, visit nrms.net.

–Daily Review Atlas, October 12, 2017