In An Uncertain Sound, Flurry's Follies, He Was Wrong!, Prophecy on February 12, 2013 at 7:48 am
The big news of the day, Monday, February 11, 2013, is that Pope Benedict XVI is resigning. Not only is this a surprise to just about everyone, but it is made more surprising since a Pope hasn’t resigned in about 600yrs—since Gregory XII in 1415.
Of course, as fascinating as the whole thing might be, that is not why we are here. We are here because Pope Benedict the Sixteenth was ushered in with such dire fanfare by the Philadelphia Church of God way back in 2005.
The Force is strong with this one…
In Book Reviews on January 6, 2013 at 2:52 am
It’s a dirty story of a dirty man–well, for the first hundred pages or so. Wade Fransson’s The People of the Sign is essentially a coming-of-age story set to Beatles song titles. That is, the chapters and the subheadings within each chapter of the book are titled after Beatles songs, most of which do a relatively good job of relating to the subsequent content. Some, though, require a bit of creative stretching (e.g., a recounting of Fransson’s ultimately less-than-fateful meeting with a prominent Swedish media personality comes under the heading of “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite”).
Born to a meat-and-p0tatoes Swedish immigrant father and an alcoholic mother who married too young, Wade Fransson’s early life was plagued by all the hallmarks of familial dysfunction, eventually culminating in divorce and custody disputes. At the tender age of nine he and his two sisters became the “victims” of the most common type of kidnapping: their father stopped by while their mother was out and said, “Come on, kids, let’s go to the mall!” But by “the mall”, he meant “Sweden”.
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In Anti-Cult on December 1, 2012 at 5:36 pm
This weekend, I turn 30. (Where do the years go!?) Anyway, the time has come for me personally to bid my farewell to Armstrong Delusion and COG blogging in general. It’s been a lot of fun stickin’ it to the cults, their leaders and their absurd beliefs. However, for myself those days have come to a end. It’s been an incredible experience working with Casey, Eric, and Samuel. They are all incredibly intelligent and fantastic writers. I’m sure they’ll keep up the good work for many years to come. For my own Delusion swan-song I’d like to write about a subject that all COG members are probably familiar with in one form or another. One that has become inextricably linked with Armstrongism over the past few decades. This article is about conspiracy theories and why they seem to be so prevalent within the various churches of Armstrongism.
Shit, this one has a gold stripe!
Over the course of the article, I will discuss some of the more popular theories that are circulating among the membership. I will examine the attitudes of COG leadership towards these theories (and the people who hold them) and I will attempt to determine why the proponents of these theories may be susceptible to such ideas in the first place.