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I can provide information on the beliefs and teachings on the Unification Church (Rev. Moon). I also have information on the Society of Krishna Consciousness (Hare Krishna), Worldwide Church of God, channeling, spiritualism), humanism, and the charismatic movement.

Experience in the area

I have studied the literature of the Unification Church and have known people in the movement. I have been involved in religious research for about the past twenty years and have a wide collection of information.

Publications

THE BAHA'I FAITH: AN HISTORICAL BIBLIOGRAPHY (Garland Publishing, 1985).
CHANNELING: A BIBLIOGRAPHIC EXPLORATION (Garland Publishing, 1992).
REINCARNATION: A BIBLIOGRAPHY (Garland Publishing,1996)
THE CHURCHES OF GOD, SEVENTH DAY: A BIBLIOGRAPHY (Garland Publishing,1987).
CONSULTING SPIRITS: A BIBLIOGRAPHY (Greenwood Press, 1998).
"The Return of Heung Jin Nim," FATE Magazine. An article about spirit messages purportedly from Rev. Moon's deceased son, Heung Jin Nim.

Education/Credentials

MATS, McCormick Theological Seminary.
Further study, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

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It is probable that this teaching is based on many elements, like eastern religions, spiritism, occultism,. or even science.  Perhaps when he talks about "false gods," he is referring to a kind of dull

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2013-02-22 do you know anything about this weird belief system?:

This sounds like the teachings of David Icke.  He is the only person I know of who wrote about "robots."  If so, his is considered to be a conspiracy theorist.  He wrote a book called THE ROBOTS REBELLION

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You're talking about very extreme groups. It should be obvious that these suicide/homicide "crazies" groups have no connection with any "fundamentalist" church.  Groups as the Southern Baptists or General

 

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