The Sons Of God
The "sons of God" held that men were really gods, and that as divinity
is manifested in our fellows and in ourselves, it is sufficient to
offer prayers unto--our neighbours! Every man being a god, there are
as many Christs as there are men, as many Holy Virgins as there are
The "sons of God" held assemblies at which they danced wildly, first
together and then separately, until the moment when the
supreme ecstasy, turned from the left, and the men from the right,
towards the rising sun. The dance continued until all reached a state
of hysterical excitement. Then a voice was heard--"Behold the Holy
Spirit!"--and the whole company, emitting cries and groans, would
pursue the dizzy performance with redoubled vigour until they fell to
the ground exhausted.
Their sect originated in the neighbourhood of a great hill, where dwelt
a man named Philipoff with his disciples. He had retired there to work
against the influence of anti-Christ, and it was there that God
appeared to him, and said, "Truth and divinity dwell in your own
conscience. Neither drink nor marry. Those among you who are already
married should live as brothers and sisters."
Women were held in high esteem by the "sons of God," being venerated as
"mothers or nieces of the Saviour."