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The Children of God : "The Family"

Author: J Gordon Melton
Publisher: Salt Lake City, Utah : Signature Books in cooperation with CESNUR, [2004]
Series: Studies in contemporary religions.
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"The Children of God emerged out of the hippie movement of the 1960s, and through the 1980s they came to blend Christianity with sexual freedom, communal living, and a rejection of materialism and 'the system.' The Children, or 'the Family' as they are now called, modified their behavior in the 1990s in the wake of several child sexual abuse charges (all dismissed) and the need for direction among the rising  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J Gordon Melton
ISBN: 1560851805 9781560851806
OCLC Number: 56128378
Description: 102 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Contents: The Beginning of the Family --
Sexuality and the Family --
The Family's Time of Troubles --
The Family Today --
Temple Time --
The Family's Foundation
Series Title: Studies in contemporary religions.
Other Titles: Dai Bambini di Dio a The Family.
Responsibility: J. Gordon Melton.

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"The Children of God emerged out of the hippie movement of the 1960s, and through the 1980s they came to blend Christianity with sexual freedom, communal living, and a rejection of materialism and 'the system.' The Children, or 'the Family' as they are now called, modified their behavior in the 1990s in the wake of several child sexual abuse charges (all dismissed) and the need for direction among the rising generation of Family members. They continue to live communally, proselytize full-time (none hold traditional jobs) and engage in sexual 'sharing.' As a byproduct of their evangelism, they have produced a number of accomplished musicians. They receive guidance for their daily lives through periodic revelations passed to them by the Familyþs current leader, Maria (the founderþs widow), and her associates. Despite their variance from traditional Christian beliefs and practices, their recent attempts to conform to some degree with cultural norms in whatever country they work has tempered criticism, and they continue as the most successful communal movement of an almost forgotten hippie world"-- BACK COVER.

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