Date: Thu, 29 Feb 1996 00:02:57 EST
From: Larry Horn LHORN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]YALEVM.CIS.YALE.EDU
Subject: Re: child of god
In response to Beth's query,
Is the assertion, "I'm a Child of God" new? Does it mean baptized?
Reborn? Is it limited to Protestants? Subgroups of Protestants?
Is it only American?
The Children of God were a cult group, a Christian sect with as I recall
rather idiosyncratic doctrines and practices, back in the '70's. My memory of
them is mostly due to a linguist friend who linked up with them and then
died under somewhat mysterious circumstances, so I might be being
uncharitable, although I should acknowledge that I don't trust even mainstream
religious groups all than much. "Child of God" sounds like a back-formation
to me, but then that would be the singular, wouldn't it? I don't know if the
asserter in question was in fact (purporting to be) a member of this group or
just meant s/he was in fact a (lower-case) child of God.