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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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Disintegration and Collapse

Disintegration and Collapse

(p.91) 6 Disintegration and Collapse
Theology of Hate

George Michael

University Press of Florida

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 years of his life, Klassen looked in earnest for a successor to replace him as Pontifex Maximus, the title he created to signify the leader of his church. His personal wealth attracted a number of unscrupulous individuals, who caused considerable dissension in the church. After many failures, Klassen thought he had found a suitable successor in Dr. Rick McCarty, a psychologist who practiced in Florida. Later, McCarty also faced mounting troubles aside from the death of Klassen. With Klassen's demise, the church entered a phase of rapid decline. However, a young Canadian would spread the message of Creativity to skinheads through the emerging genre of “white power” music.

Keywords:   Ben Klassen, Pontifex Maximus, Rick McCarty, psychologist, white power music, Creativity, skinheads

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