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The endtime family : Children of God
Bainbridge, William Sims.
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Albany : State University of New York Press, [2002]

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xiii, 204 pages ; 24 cm

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BP605.C38 B35 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A fascinating examination of a religious counterculture group showing how it differs from mainstream society, yet is similar in other ways.

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William Sims Bainbridge is Staff Associate for the Management and Planning Division of Social and Economic Sciences at the National Science Foundation.

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Designated as "Teens for Christ," "The Children of God," "The Family of Love," and simply "the Family" (its present preference), this "alternative society" came to birth in the late 1960s in California and still survives in "hundreds of small communes in dozens of nations." Based on extensive internal interviews and a questionnaire completed by 1,025 members, this is the best available study of "the Family." The questionnaire is based on the well-known General Social Survey; its results show vividly how "members of the Family differ from the general public, and the ways in which they may be surprisingly similar." Correct, creative, and nonjudgmental presentations are made of the persecution of its communes and of its beliefs, practices, alienation, unique sexuality, and rearing of children. In the book's conclusion, Bainbridge (National Science Foundation) identifies a number of factors curtailing membership growth (remaining at c.10,000) and lists several areas for this society's potential contributions to dominant societies, including the spiritualization of erotic experiences and the proper use of computers in society. A major finding is that "members of the Family are sincere religious believers and that persecution of their movement harms innocent human beings." Thorough notes, a bibliography, and an index further enhance this worthy study. For general readers and undergraduates through professionals. G. H. Shriver emeritus, Georgia Southern University

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. vii
List of Tablesp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Chapter 1. Persecutionp. 1
Chapter 2. Surveyp. 21
Chapter 3. Beliefsp. 45
Chapter 4. Practicesp. 69
Chapter 5. Alienationp. 91
Chapter 6. Sexualityp. 117
Chapter 7. Childrenp. 141
Conclusionp. 169
Notesp. 175
Bibliographyp. 189
Indexp. 199