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Reply Sat 15 Dec, 2007 09:57 am
COG/TF Bibliography
I've recently been looking into creating a comprehensive bibliography (and possibly a bibliographic database) about the Children of God/The Family cult. I've been looking for solutions that will minimize tedious work such as manually writing citations in various formats. While I haven't yet found a perfect solution, I have compiled some information and resources that may be useful (see list below).

WorldCat.org: 'Children of God - The Family cult' list - currently this list is all the items in the subject "Children of God (Movement)" with a few miscategorized items removed.

Google Book Search: Books about or by or which mention Children of God/The Family cult (XML export)

Google Book Search: subject:"Children of God (Movement)"

PDF scan of Chapter 3 in Pritchett, W. Douglas. The Children of God/Family of Love An Annotated Bibliography. New York: Garland Pub, 1985.

ISBN numbers of books about or which mention Children of God/The Family cult (incomplete list and not all items have ISBN numbers)

CSV - list of books about or which mention Children of God/The Family cult (generated by Tellico from above ISBN numbers, some of which could not be found in databases used).

Bibtex - list of books about or which mention Children of God/The Family cult (generated by Tellico from above ISBN numbers, some of which could not be found in databases used). Not very useful since it is missing the "Year" field. Annoyingly, the publication year is included in the Bibtex key. When I have time I'll look into this some more as it can probably be easily fixed.

Tellico - list of books about or which mention Children of God/The Family cult


Online bibliography generators

OttoBib Excellent, but apparently can only do one entry at a time

BibMe Works fine but doesn't allow bulk entry of ISBNs. Also data sources used aren't as complete as those used by other sites.

BookRags.com - allows bulk entry of ISBNs but exported bibliography output is useless (just a list of titles regardless of the citation style selected)

WorldCat.org - Works fairly well. Lists of references can be exported in various citation styles (APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA and Turabian) and in various formats (HTML, RTF, RIS, Endnote and Refworks). Of course, this only works for catalog items.

Mediawiki extensions

Biblio.php Uses isbndb.com for lookups. This is installed on the xFamily.org wiki but the output leaves quite a bit to be desired. May be useful with more work.

Cite.php - Also installed on our wiki. Works great but doesn't have ISBN lookups or automatically format citations. We may want to look into copying Wikipedia citation templates onto our wiki. Obviously, those templates are covered by the GFDL so if we reuse them we'll have make sure we comply with the requirements of the GFDL. I'm fairly certain this would only apply to the templates themselves and that an article which merely includes or refers to a GFDL licensed template would not be a derivative work of the template.

Special:Cite.php This is also installed on the wiki and can be used to get properly formatted citations (in various styles) for xFamily.org articles.
You can try it by entering a page name at http://www.xfamily.org/index.php/Special:Cite
examples:
http://www.xfamily.org/index.php/Special:Cite/Japan_Persecution_Notices_2005
http://www.xfamily.org/index.php/Special:Cite/Flirty_Fishing
 
Thorwald 1
 
Reply Sat 15 Dec, 2007 06:59 pm
Nice job Peter! There is quite a lot more indexing that can be done. I am always in favour of automation, wherever we can find a way to do that. Screen-scraping with regex is probably the most powerful way to do it.

Check out the results for "World Services (Zurich, Switzerland)" from WorldCat.org.

Does anyone know who the following people are:
-Jacques Elan
-Zebulun Geppetto (isn't he the artist?)
-David Fontaine (was the "Fontaine" name a pen-name?)
-John Weaver
-Paul Theophilius
-Sarah Ireland
-Josiah Shepherdson
-David E. Van Zandt

It would be nice to get copies of these:
-"Final Report on the Activities of the Children of God to Hon. Louis J. Lefkowitz, Attorney General of the State of New York"
-"The Children of God and Charismatic Authority" - By Joyce E. Beadle
-"The Children of God/Family of Love: An Annotated Bibliography" - by W. Douglas Pritchett
-"They Followed the Piper" - by Lee Hultquist
 
Anonymous
 
Reply Mon 17 Dec, 2007 10:20 am
David E. Van Zandt did a study called "Living with the Children of God" that was published in 1991 by Princeton University Press. He also published a chapter in America's Alternative Religions (Timothy Miller, Ed.) in 1994 on The Children of God. He's a sociologist who went on to become the Dean and Professor at Northwestern University College of Law. Here's a link to his Curriculum Vitae:

http://www.law.northwestern.edu/faculty/fulltime/vanzanda/vanzanDaCV.pdf
 
Peter Frouman
 
Reply Tue 18 Dec, 2007 09:14 am
Thorwald wrote:

Does anyone know who the following people are:
-Jacques Elan
-Zebulun Geppetto (isn't he the artist?)
-David Fontaine (was the "Fontaine" name a pen-name?)
-John Weaver
-Paul Theophilius
-Sarah Ireland
-Josiah Shepherdson
-David E. Van Zandt

With the exception of David E. Van Zandt, these are all pseudonyms of current or former Family members. For example, "Josiah Shepherdson" is mentioned in http://media.xfamily.org/docs/fam/zine/zine_15.pdf on page 19 in the article titled "Interview with Apollos"
Quote:

"Then I got together with Josiah Shepherdson, who is now a faithful missionary in Nepal, God bless him! He has tons of kids
and he's a saint!

Thorwald wrote:

It would be nice to get copies of these:
-"Final Report on the Activities of the Children of God to Hon. Louis J. Lefkowitz, Attorney General of the State of New York"


We already have this.

http://xfamily.org/index.php/Lefkowitz_Report
http://xfamily.org/index.php/Final_Report_on_the_Activities_of_the_Children_of_God


Thorwald wrote:

-"The Children of God and Charismatic Authority" - By Joyce E. Beadle


This is a 1985 M.A. thesis from Arizona State University. According to Worldcat, it can be found at the ASU library and at the Graduate Theological Union Library in Berkley. It may be possible to borrow it via an interlibrary loan. As far as I can tell, it is not in the UMI Proquest archive.

Thorwald wrote:

-"The Children of God/Family of Love: An Annotated Bibliography" - by W. Douglas Pritchett

There is a scan of the the table of contents and chapter 3 at
http://media2.xfamily.org/docs/misc/pritchett-bibliography-ch3.pdf
Chapter 3 is the most interesting part as the rest of the bibliography is just a list of COG publications.
Thorwald wrote:

-"They Followed the Piper" - by Lee Hultquist

I have this book. You can get it on Amazon for $0.08 (plus shipping). It has also been published in Spanish.
The back cover has this summary:
Quote:

Cyndi came back to her apartment one night, packed her things and disappeared - and so began a year of agony, prayer and ministry for Glen and Lee Hultquist, parents of an eighteen year-old who joined the "Children of God."

Cyndi's mother tells the heartwrenching story of how their daughter became involved with this cult and how she was finally won back to them from its influence. THEY FOLLOWED THE PIPER is a book that reveals the nature of deception and how the truth in love will overcome it.
 
 

 
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