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Encyclopedia > David Berg
David Brandt Berg
Born: 18 February 1919
Flag of United States Oakland, California, USA
Died: October 1994
Flag of Portugal Costa de Caparica, Portugal
Occupation: Founder, Children of God

David Brandt Berg (18 February 1919 - October 1994), frequently known by the pseudonym Moses David, was the founder and leader of the religious movement formerly called Children of God, now called "The Family International". He was what the French call "an asshole." February 18 is the 49th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Portugal. ... Municipality Almada Area 10. ... This article is about the religious group. ... February 18 is the 49th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the religious group. ...

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Early years (1919 - 1968)

Berg was born in Oakland, California, USA on 18 February 1919 to Hjalmer Emmanuel Berg and Rev. Virginia Lee Brandt (a Christian evangelist; she died in 1968). David was the youngest of three children, with a brother, Hjalmer, born in 1911, and a sister, Virginia, born in September, 1915. Virginia Brandt is the daughter of Rev. John Lincoln Brandt (1860 - 1946), a Disciples of Christ minister, author, and lecturer of Muskogee, Oklahoma. This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... February 18 is the 49th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... Evangelism is the proclaiming of the Christian Gospel. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1968 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1911 (MCMXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... 1915 (MCMXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar). ... 1860 is the leap year starting on Sunday. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The insignia of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). ... Location within the state of Oklahoma County Muskogee County Mayor Wren Stratton Area    - City 100. ... Official language(s) None Capital Oklahoma City Largest city Oklahoma City Area  Ranked 20th  - Total 69,960 sq mi (181,196 km²)  - Width 230 miles (370 km)  - Length 298 miles (480 km)  - % water 1. ...


David Berg graduated from Monterey High School (in California) in 1935 and later attended Elliott School of Business Administration. Nickname: Location of Monterey, California County Monterey Government  - Mayor Chuck Della Sala Area  - City 30. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar). ...


Berg, like his father, became a minister in the Christian and Missionary Alliance and was placed at Valley Farms, Arizona, USA. Berg was eventually expelled from the organization for differences in teachings and for alleged sexual misconduct with a church employee. In Berg's writings, he claimed the expulsion was due to his support for greater racial diversity among his congregation. The Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) is an Evangelical Protestant denomination within Christianity. ... Official language(s) English Spoken language(s) English 74. ...


Fred Jordan, Berg's friend and boss, allowed Berg and his personal family to open a branch of his Soul Clinic in Miami, Florida, USA as a missionary training school. After running into trouble with local authorities for his aggressive methods of proselytizing, Berg moved his family to Fred Jordan's Texas Soul Clinic. For other uses, see Miami (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... The English language word proselytism is derived ultimately from the Greek language prefix pros (towards) and the verb erchomai (to come). ...


He was also an outspoken anti-Semite.[1] Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ...


The Children of God/The Family (1968 - 1994)

David Berg (also known as King David, Mo, Moses David, Father David, Dad, or Grandpa to members of the Children of God), in 1968, founded the new religious movement/cult/missionary organization known as the Children of God, later known as The Family of Love or The Family and currently The Family International. This article is about the religious group. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1968 Gregorian calendar. ... A new religious movement or NRM is a term used to refer to a religious faith, or an ethical, spiritual or philosophical movement of recent origin that isnt part of an established denomination, church, or religious body. ... This article does not discuss cult in its original sense of religious practice; for that usage see Cult (religious practice). ... Two Mormon missionaries A missionary is traditionally defined as a propagator of religion who works to convert those outside that community; someone who proselytizes. ...


Berg and his entourage have lived in the following countries (among others) over the years:

He lived in total seclusion and secrecy from his followers and, along with Karen Zerby, is thought to have used a fake Australian passport when traveling. Flag of Tenerife Tenerife, a Spanish island, is the largest of the seven Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa. ... Karen Zerby (aka Maria, Mama Maria, Queen Maria) (born in Tucson, Arizona) is the current leader of the Children of God, a new religious movement. ...


At least six women, including both his daughters and two of his granddaughters, have publicly alleged that Berg sexually abused them when they were children. Berg's eldest daughter, Deborah Davis, has written a book in which she accuses her father of sexually molesting both her and her sister when they were children, and attempting to have sex with her as an adult. Her sister, Faith Berg, corroborated these claims, but described them in a positive way. In a child-custody case in the United Kingdom, Berg's granddaughter, Merry Berg, testified that Berg sexually molested her when she was a young teenager. Another of Berg's granddaughters, Joyanne Treadwell Berg, spoke on American television about being sexually abused by David Berg. Berg's adopted son, Ricky Rodriguez, wrote an article on the Web site MovingOn.org in which he describes Berg's deviant sexual activity involving a number of women and children. Davida Kelley, the daughter of Rodriguez's nanny, Sarah Kelley, accused Berg of molesting her in a June, 2005 Rolling Stone article.[2] In the same article, a woman identified as Armendria alleged that David Berg sexually abused her when she was thirteen years old. Deborah Davis {could use a disambiguation page} 1) Deborah Davis wrote an unauthorized biography, Katharine the Great, about Katharine Graham, owner-publisher of the The first edition (Harcourt Brace, 1979) print run of 25,000 copies had barely entered bookstores when Graham was able to get it recalled and all... Ricky Rodriquez, aka Davidito (legal names: Richard Peter Rodriguez, Richard Peter Smith and David Moses Zerby) (January 25, 1975 - January 9, 2005) was a former member of the Children of God (COG), now known as The Family, when he committed a murder-suicide in 2005. ... This article is about the magazine. ...


Berg sometimes predicted apocalyptic events, though all of his predictions failed. His most well-known prediction was that a comet would destroy the United States in 1973 or 1974. He also predicted that the tribulation would begin in 1989 and that the second coming of Jesus Christ would happen in 1993. Look up Apocalypse in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... the hersemen of the apocaleps, the entities that bring false peace, War, famine, pestilence, and death. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...


He wrote or dictated over 3,000 booklets, known as "Mo Letters"[3] ("Mo" being abbreviated from his pseudonym "Moses David"), which typically covered spiritual or practical subjects and were used as a way of disseminating and introducing policy and religious doctrine to his followers. Due to his obsession with secrecy, until his death any photos of him appearing in the group's publications had his face covered with rudimentary pencil drawings, often depicting him as an anthropomorphic lion. Anthropomorphism, also referred to as personification or prosopopeia, is the attribution of human characteristics to inanimate objects, animals, forces of nature, and others. ...


Berg died in 1994 and was buried in Costa de Caparica, Portugal (his remains have since been cremated). His organization is currently led by his widow Karen Zerby (whom he took as a soi-disant "second-wife" in August of 1969; known as Mama Maria or Queen Maria in the Children of God) and Steven Douglas Kelly (an American also known as Christopher Smith, Peter Amsterdam, or King Peter in the Children of God). Municipality Almada Area 10. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ...


Personal family

David Berg married his first wife, Jane Miller (known as "Mother Eve" in the Children of God), on July 22, 1944 in Glendale, California. They had four children together: is the 203rd day of the year (204th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Nickname: Location of Glendale within Los Angeles County and the State of California. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ...

  • Linda (b. September 10, 1945, known as "Deborah" in the Children of God);
    • m#1. John/Jethro
      • Joyanne (b. ~1964)
    • m#2. Bill Davis (known as "Isaiah" in the Children of God)
      • Alexander David (b. August 1975)
  • Paul Brandt (b. June 21, 1947, known as "Aaron" in the Children of God and very likely committed suicide in April 1973 near Geneva, Switzerland);
    • m. Judy Arlene Helmstetler (known as "Shulamite" in the Children of God)
      • Merry Berg (b. 1972, known as "Mene" in the Children of God)
  • Jonathan Emanuel (b. January 1949, known as "Hosea" in the Children of God); and
    • m. Luranna Nolind (known as "Esther" in the Children of God)
  • Faithy (b. February 1951)
    • m. Arnold Dietrich (also known as "Archbishop Joshua" in the Children of God)

His second wife was Karen Zerby, who continues to be a leader of the Children of God. Berg informally adopted her son, Ricky Rodriguez. In the 70s and 80s, photographic depictions of Rodriguez (aka "Davidito") being subjected to sexual abuse by adult caretakers were disseminated throughout the group by Berg and Zerby in a child rearing handbook known as "The Story of Davidito".[4] In 2005, Ricky Rodriguez murdered one of the female caretakers also shown in the book before taking his own life several hours later. is the 253rd day of the year (254th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... is the 172nd day of the year (173rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1973 Gregorian calendar. ... Geneva (pronunciation //; French: Genève //, German:   //, Italian: Ginevra //, Romansh: Genevra) is the second most populous city in Switzerland (after Zürich), and is the most populous city of Romandy (the French-speaking part of Switzerland). ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Karen Zerby (aka Maria, Mama Maria, Queen Maria) (born in Tucson, Arizona) is the current leader of the Children of God, a new religious movement. ... Ricky Rodriquez, aka Davidito (legal names: Richard Peter Rodriguez, Richard Peter Smith and David Moses Zerby) (January 25, 1975 - January 9, 2005) was a former member of the Children of God (COG), now known as The Family, when he committed a murder-suicide in 2005. ...


Sociological views

The sociologist Dr. Thomas Robbins argued that Berg's leadership of the Children of God was based on charismatic authority.[5] This article is about the religious group. ... Jesus is considered by historians such as Weber to be an example of a charismatic religious leader; The sociologist Max Weber defined charismatic authority as resting on devotion to the exceptional sanctity, heroism or exemplary character of an individual person, and of the normative patterns or order revealed or ordained...


References

  1. ^ Berg and Anti-Semitism on xFamily.org
  2. ^ Rolling Stone: The Life and Death of the Chosen One
  3. ^ xFamily.org Publications Database — contains the entire text of "Mo Letters"
  4. ^ Story of Davidito on xFamily.org
  5. ^ Robbins, Thomas. Charisma in the Encyclopedia of Religion and Society edited by William H. Swatos (February 1998) ISBN 0-7619-8956-0

External links

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See also


  Results from FactBites:
 
David Berg at AllExperts (1067 words)
Berg was born in Oakland, California, USA on February 18, 1919 to Hjalmer Emmanuel Berg and Rev. Virginia Lee Brandt (a Christian evangelist; she died in 1968).
David was the youngest of three children, with a brother, Hjalmer, born in 1911, and a sister, Virginia, born in September, 1915.
Berg's eldest daughter Deborah Davis has written a book in which she accuses her father of sexually molesting both her and her sister when they were children, and attempting to have sex with her as an adult.
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