51 pages 1 hour read

Jon Krakauer

Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

Nonfiction | Book | Adult | Published in 2003

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Essay Topics


What factors lead to religious extremism? What are the roots of religious extremism, according to Krakauer’s research?


Follow the history of the FLDS church after Warren Jeffs took over Rulon Jeffs’s role as prophet. How has the church continued to exemplify the themes of Under the Banner of Heaven?


Consider the theme of The Intersection of Mormon Faith and Government. What other religions experience opposition with the government or present the government with challenges? How are their belief systems similar to or different from the Mormon Church?