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The Early Life of Ben Klassen

George Michael

in Theology of Hate: A History of the World Church of the Creator

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813033501
eISBN:
9780813038698
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813033501.003.0001
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This chapter explores the early life of Ben Klassen. Bernhardt Klassen, who was named after his father, was born into a Mennonite family on February 7, 1918. In 1925, the Klassen family moved to ... More


The Theology and Ideology of Creativity

George Michael

in Theology of Hate: A History of the World Church of the Creator

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813033501
eISBN:
9780813038698
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813033501.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This chapter deals with the theology that Ben Klassen formulated — Creativity. Creativity did not rise in a vacuum but emerged in a political subculture that had grown increasingly disenchanted with ... More


Reaching Out to the Right

George Michael

in Theology of Hate: A History of the World Church of the Creator

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813033501
eISBN:
9780813038698
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813033501.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Religion

After founding his church, Ben Klassen sought to promote his religion among other activists in the extreme right. This chapter details these efforts. Despite his disdain for what he saw as an ... More


Disintegration and Collapse

George Michael

in Theology of Hate: A History of the World Church of the Creator

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813033501
eISBN:
9780813038698
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813033501.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Religion

Although it experienced moderate growth, by the early 1990s the church was in disarray and nearly collapsed after the death of Ben Klassen in 1993. This chapter covers these events. In the final ... More


George Burdi and RAHOWA

George Michael

in Theology of Hate: A History of the World Church of the Creator

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813033501
eISBN:
9780813038698
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813033501.003.0007
Subject:
History, History of Religion

Despite many setbacks, the Creativity message survived in the skinhead scene in large part because of George Burdi. George Eric Burdi, a young Canadian musician from Canada, drew inspiration from ... More


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