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By Mike Marinacci

California, lengthy a Mecca for eccentric cults, has additionally hosted greater than its proportion of bizarre and unorthodox Christian evangelists and sects. From pre-Gold Rush days to the twenty first Century, visionaries looking to revive or remodel the religion have flocked to California’s beaches, or have emerged from its environs as local little children. Their often-idiosyncratic crusades have stimulated not just Golden kingdom background and tradition, yet Christianity as a whole.

CALIFORNIA JESUS tells the little-known but interesting tales at the back of the folks and teams that populate Californian Christendom, including:

• the kids of God – Born at the Huntington seashore boardwalk, this “Jesus humans” hippie-ministry grew to become to prostituting its participants and molesting its little ones within the identify of Christ

• Bebe and C. Thomas Patten – married evangelists, those Oakland-based Pentecostal preachers scammed penniless Okie immigrants and significant banks alike for millions

• Joe Jeffers – a renegade Baptist minister who began a murderous non secular warfare among his fans and a rival’s, made headlines in lurid L.A. intercourse scandals, and claimed that “Yahweh” had stashed a number of billion cash for him within the constellation Orion

• The Metropolitan neighborhood Church – homosexual L.A. evangelist Troy Perry demanding situations homophobia with a highly arguable, and much-attacked sect that ministers Christ’s like to sexual “outsiders”

• Church of the Holy kinfolk – film-star Mel Gibson’s schismatic, secretive Malibu parish, which claims to be actually extra Catholic than the Pope

• Holy Mountain – a big, weird and wonderful, ever-growing folk-art monument within the Imperial Valley wasteland equipped by way of an getting older drifter to glorify God’s love, that’s now develop into a global vacationer destination
• and plenty of, many more!

Filled with eye-catching anecdotes in regards to the state’s so much colourful and arguable Christian pastors and sects, and observed via many infrequent photographs and illustrations, CALIFORNIA JESUS illuminates this soaking up but little-discussed point of either kingdom background and tradition, and the Christian event. Believers and doubters alike, in addition to an individual attracted to the Golden State’s targeted non secular historical past, will locate this work flat out to place down.

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