By Mike Marinacci

California, lengthy a Mecca for eccentric cults, has additionally hosted greater than its percentage of surprising and unorthodox Christian evangelists and sects. From pre-Gold Rush days to the twenty first Century, visionaries trying to revive or remodel the religion have flocked to California’s seashores, or have emerged from its environs as local little children. Their often-idiosyncratic crusades have motivated not just Golden nation historical past and tradition, yet Christianity as a whole.

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

• the kids of God – Born at the Huntington seashore boardwalk, this “Jesus humans” hippie-ministry became to prostituting its participants and molesting its youngsters 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 struggle 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 money for him within the constellation Orion

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

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

• Holy Mountain – an important, weird and wonderful, ever-growing folk-art monument within the Imperial Valley desolate tract outfitted through an getting older drifter to glorify God’s love, that’s now turn into a world vacationer destination
• and lots of, many more!

Filled with beautiful anecdotes in regards to the state’s so much colourful and debatable Christian pastors and sects, and observed via many infrequent pictures and illustrations, CALIFORNIA JESUS illuminates this soaking up but little-discussed point of either country historical past and tradition, and the Christian adventure. Believers and doubters alike, in addition to somebody drawn to the Golden State’s particular religious historical past, will locate this work flat out to place down.

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