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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 Theology and Ideology of Creativity

The Theology and Ideology of Creativity

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(p.13) 2 The Theology and Ideology of Creativity
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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/9780813033501.003.0002

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 mainstream Christianity. Ben Klassen designated 1973 as the first year in the history of the Church of the Creator. In that year, he published Nature's Eternal Religion, which outlined his new religion — Creativity — and applied for incorporation papers to establish his church as a legally recognized religious institution. Nature's Eternal Religion advanced a thoroughgoing deconstruction of Christianity. Virtually every story in both the Old and New Testaments came under Klassen's scathing scrutiny. After deconstructing Christianity, Klassen outlined the foundation of his new religion. In a sense, he sought to create a creed that contained the functionalist features that the French sociologist Emile Durkheim saw as the underpinnings of religion — that is, beliefs and rituals that enhance solidarity in the community.

Keywords:   theology, Christianity, Ben Klassen, Creativity, Church of the Creator, Nature's Eternal Religion, Emile Durkheim, religion, solidarity

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