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Theology of HateA History of the World Church of the Creator$
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George Michael

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033501

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033501.001.0001

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The Early Life of Ben Klassen

The Early Life of Ben Klassen

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(p.1) 1 The Early Life of Ben Klassen
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Theology of Hate
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George Michael

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813033501.003.0001

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 Canada. In late 1945, Klassen made his way to California. The next year, he married Henrie Etta McWilliams. In 1951, his only child and daughter, Kim Anita, was born. In 1955, Klassen, along with his family, joined a Presbyterian church in Glenmore Gardens, California. By 1967, Klassen decided that he had finally had enough of this religious garbage. The specter of communism and the civil rights movement rekindled Klassen's interest in politics. By 1971, Klassen decided to take a closer look at the Christian Bible. After a close rereading of the Bible, he concluded that the Sermon on the Mount, as preached by Jesus Christ, was full of “suicidal advice”.

Keywords:   Mennonite family, Bible, Bernhardt Klassen, Ben Klassen, Christian, Presbyterian church, Sermon on the Mount

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