Articles by Kristian Klippenstein

Kristian Klippenstein completed a Ph.D. in Religious Studies at the University of Alberta in 2020. His area of academic interest is new religious movements, and his dissertation research explored language choice and rhetoric in new religious texts. He may be reached at

Jones on Jesus: Who Is the Messiah? (2015; posted 2020)

Excavating Usefulness and Truth: Jim Jones’ Treatment of the Bible and the News (2012)

Using the Peoples Temple Audiotapes as a Primary Source (2010)

Peoples Temple as Christian History: A Corrective Interpretation (2009)

My Interest in Peoples Temple (2009)