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Jim Jones

Jim Jones
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Jim Jones Biography

Jones was born in Crete, Indiana, near Lynn, Indiana and was the son of James and Lynetta Thurman Jones. Jones graduated from high school in Richmond, Indiana. He became a preacher in the 1950s. He sold pet monkeys door-to-door to raise the money to found his own church that would be named "Wings of Deliverance". He renamed it later in "Peoples Temple Full Gospel Church", located in Indianapolis. He gained respectability when he became an ordained minister in 1964 in the mainstream Christian Denomination Disciples of Christ. The church was exceptional for its equal treatment of African Americans and many of them became members of the church. He started a struggle for racial equality and social justice, which he dubbed apostolic socialism. Jones authored a booklet, called "The Letter Killeth" pointing out the contradictions, absurdities, and atrocities in the Bible, but the booklet also stated that the Bible contained great truths. He claimed to be an incarnation of Jesus, Akhenaten, Buddha, Lenin, and Father Divine and performed supposed miracle healings to attract new members. Members of Jones' church called Jones "Dad" and believed that their movement was the solution to the problems of society and many did not distinguish Jones from the movement. The group gradually moved away from mainstream Christianity. George Moscone, the mayor of San Francisco appointed Reverend Jim Jones to the city's Housing Commission. Read Full Bio >>


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    Glenfiddich Mojo Honours List 2011 - Arrivals

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    The Jim Jones Revue in Concert at Koko in Camden - April 14, 2011

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    Hot 97 on Da Reggae Tip Concert at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City - September 3, 2010

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    Funkmaster Flex Custom Car and Bike Show Tour 2010 in Edison on June 26, 2010

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    Guvera Pre-Launch Party - Arrivals

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    HOT 97 Summer Jam 2009

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