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Sylvester A. Johnson and Steven Weitzman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520287273

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520287273.001.0001

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Allies against Armageddon?

Allies against Armageddon?

The FBI and the Academic Study of Religion

(p.269) 15 Allies against Armageddon?
FBI and Religion

Steven Weitzman

University of California Press

The FBI standoff with the Branch Davidians proved an important turning point, a great tragedy in FBI history that called into question key premises and tactics that it had relied on in dealing with religious groups in the past. Beginning with the aftermath of the Branch Davidian standoff, this chapter will focus on efforts to develop a consultative relationship between the FBI and scholars of religion in order to avoid similar tragedies in the future. Do scholars have anything to teach the FBI about religion? Have their insights made any positive difference? This chapter will address such questions by tracing the FBI’s engagement with academia between 1993-2001 and broaching the situation since 9/11.

Keywords:   American Academy of Religion, Branch Davidians, public intellection

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