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The Branch Davidians of WacoThe History and Beliefs of an Apocalyptic Sect$
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Kenneth G. C. Newport

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199245741

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245741.001.0001

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‘The Ultimate Act of Faith?’ The Cause of the Waco Fire

‘The Ultimate Act of Faith?’ The Cause of the Waco Fire

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The Branch Davidians of Waco

Kenneth G. C. Newport

Oxford University Press

The negotiations at Waco had failings from both sides. The FBI are now able to understand the nature of the Branch Davidian community but the agency was at the time not able to account for how the thought world that this community resided in was viewed to be more important than the reality outside the Mt. Carmel property. On the other hand, those inside did not attempt to make any resolutions to the conflict. Although this chapter acknowledges some of the FBI's shortcomings, it is also important to note that those inside really may not have had any intention of coming out since it is possible that they could have come to a decision that their apocalyptic role had to be played out. The actions of the Branch Davidians may be perceived to be the ‘ultimate act of faith’ that would further the rise of the new kingdom. This chapter, and the next chapter, attempts to look into the origin of the final fire and some possible explanations for the fire.

Keywords:   negotiations, Waco, ultimate act of faith, fire, Branch Davidians, FBI, new kingdom

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