Church of the Creator

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Church of the Creator
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Political position Creativity
Leader Ben Klassen (1973-1992)
Charles Altvater (1992)
Mark Wilson (1992-1993)
Rick McCarthy (1993-1994)
Country United States
Existence 1973–1994
Headquarters Otto, North Carolina
Colours red, white, black

The Church of the Creator was a religious organisation based in the United States founded by Ben Klassen, which existed from 1973 until 1994. The publication of the group since the early 1980s was Racial Loyalty. The worldview of Creativity, formulated by Klassen, derived most of its ideas from Social Darwinism, Nietzscheanism and National Socialism; it explicitly rejected and attacked Christianity as a Jewish conspiracy. Klassen's works, particularly the three most important texts — Nature's Eternal Religion, The White Man's Bible and Salubrious Living — placed a strong focus on the natural world, advocating an atheist materialism (contrary to belief in "sky spooks"), eugenics and racial socialism for the benefit of Europeans.

SPLC lawsuit

In 1991, member George Loeb shot and killed a Black man. Loeb claimed that he had acted in self-defense, but was sentenced to life imprisonment. The organization had stated that it was non-violent and it was not criminally convicted of involvement. However, possibly expecting a civil lawsuit, most of the organization's property was sold to the National Alliance's William Luther Pierce. In 1993, Klassen, dying from illness, committed suicide.

In 1994, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) filed a civil lawsuit against the organization. It did not contest the case, was ordered to pay $1 million, and dissolved. Pierce was ordered to pay a $85,000 profit gained from reselling the property.

Two successor organizations are the Creativity Alliance and the Creativity Movement.

Pontifex Maximus

Klassen works