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Rogue Messiahs: Tales of Self-Proclaimed Saviors

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Throughout history, Western culture has been bedeviled by false prophets, charlatans, and self-appointed messianic figures. Their appetites for destruction and depravity have led to broken lives and worse-mass suicide and even mass murder. Why does this occur again and again?

In Rogue Messiahs, Colin Wilson compellingly recounts the stories and outrageous claims, acts, and
Hardcover, 274 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Hampton Roads Publishing Company
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Apr 30, 2015 kingshearte rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, 2015
There's a whole lotta crazy in this book, and, to be honest, not all of it come from the "rogue messiahs" described. Wilson himself contributes some... questionable wisdom? theories? conclusions? I'm not even sure, but his whole last section goes into the conscious vs. the unconscious mind, and how there are two streams that are supposed to run parallel, and the problems of all his subjects arise from the streams crossing. Or something like that.

He also has some rather warped views of sex. For e
Jul 14, 2012 Ronald rated it really liked it
Shelves: colin-wilson
I read this book when it came out in 2000, and I have it on-hand now as I write this review.

The book has some things going for it. The subject matter I found fascinating--a study of self-proclaimed messiahs. Examples would be the Rev. Jim Jones, David Koresh, Shoko Asahara (founder of the Aum Supreme Truth cult), Sabbatai Zevi (a self proclaimed Messiah from the year 1666). Wilson also has a chapter entitled "The Psychiatrist as Messiah" with some discussion of Freud.

The second thing going for
Dec 31, 2015 Kathleen rated it did not like it
Rogue Messiahs: Tales of Self-Proclaimed Saviors looked pretty good on the shelf. It billed itself as an overview of (essentially) cult leaders, people who proclaimed themselves to be the one who knew the way. Leaders of cults of personality gone bad, mostly. There were multiple leaders I'd never heard of listed, as well as ones I knew a lot about and ones I knew just a few things about. So it looked interesting.

THE INTERESTING WAS A LIE. This book is really, really, really sketch, guys. I only
Apr 10, 2016 Whoof added it
Super interesting--although sometimes the author makes really weird unfounded claims about normative sexuality. Regardless there is something to the patterns he points out in the behaviors and psychologies of cult leaders
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Why do people declare themselves as cult leaders and seek to control people, exert power over them, and use them sexually for their own egotistical purposes? This book deals with that. Colin Wilson is a sheer delight to read for me.
Feb 21, 2008 Pat rated it really liked it
Wilson is not Christian and doesn make some stamtent denying the divintity of Christ. However, other parts of the book are very interesting. An horrifying look at "false" messiahs!
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Colin Henry Wilson was born and raised in Leicester, England, U.K. He left school at 16, worked in factories and various occupations, and read in his spare time. When Wilson was 24, Gollancz published The Outsider (1956) which examines the role of the social 'outsider' in seminal works of various key literary and cultural figures. These include Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ernest Hemingway, Her ...more
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