Religion: Tracking the Children of God

Will the real Moses please come down from the mountain ?

Even in the contemporary profusion of exotic religious cults, the Children of God stand out as, well, exotic. Once the most zealous of America's Jesus People, they used to disrupt other church services and denounce public schools, capitalism and what they considered the System. About 3½ years ago, inspired by a belief that the Comet Kohoutek heralded the destruction of America and the onset of the End Times, they began closing most of their 100 "colonies" and drifted off to Europe.

Over the years they have evolved into a brigade of international...

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