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Controversial New Religions$
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James R. Lewis and Jesper Aagaard Petersen

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195156829

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/019515682X.001.0001

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A Family for the Twenty-first Century

A Family for the Twenty-first Century

(p.19) 1 A Family for the Twenty-first Century
Controversial New Religions

James D. Chancellor

Oxford University Press

The Children of God (COG), now known as the Family, emerged out of the Jesus People Movement as a blend of traditional evangelical Christianity and the 1960s youth counterculture. COG quickly became the most controversial group on the religious landscape. It is historically important in the history of the anticult movement; the first anticult organization was FREECOG (Free the Children of God), and deprogramming developed in response to COG. This essay outlines the history of the movement and its major theological landmarks, with particular emphasis on the substantive changes in the Family since the death of the founding Prophet in 1994.

Keywords:   Children of God, Family, Jesus People Movement, religious movement, anticult movement, Free the Children of God

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