The Early Life of Ben Klassen

George Michael

in Theology of Hate

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033501
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038698 | DOI:
The Early Life of Ben Klassen

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This chapter explores the early life of Ben Klassen. Bernhardt Klassen, who was named after his father, was born into a Mennonite family on February 7, 1918. In 1925, the Klassen family moved to Canada. In late 1945, Klassen made his way to California. The next year, he married Henrie Etta McWilliams. In 1951, his only child and daughter, Kim Anita, was born. In 1955, Klassen, along with his family, joined a Presbyterian church in Glenmore Gardens, California. By 1967, Klassen decided that he had finally had enough of this religious garbage. The specter of communism and the civil rights movement rekindled Klassen's interest in politics. By 1971, Klassen decided to take a closer look at the Christian Bible. After a close rereading of the Bible, he concluded that the Sermon on the Mount, as preached by Jesus Christ, was full of “suicidal advice”.

Keywords: Mennonite family; Bible; Bernhardt Klassen; Ben Klassen; Christian; Presbyterian church; Sermon on the Mount

Chapter.  4778 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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