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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Alice Cooper: No more Mr. Vice Guy

Sidney Rigdon
Alice Cooper has come back around full circle.  Raised by a family that was highly involved with the Church of Jesus Christ, he has now returned to his Christian roots (although to a different denomination thereof).

The Church of Jesus Christ (also called the “Bickertonite Church” or the “Rigdonite organization” because of its strong links with William Bickerton and Sidney Rigdon) was originally an offshoot of the Latter Day Saints (LDS).  In the early days of the LDS movement, Sidney Rigdon’s influence was said to be as great as Joseph Smith’s.  William Bickerton, who was originally a Methodist, became part of the LDS movement after Smith’s death.  He was considered to be a follower of Rigdon.

The Rigdon/Bickerton branch of the Latter Day Saints differentiated themselves from Brigham Young and his followers.  They settled in Pennsylvania rather than in Utah, and rejected many LDS practices such as plural marriage, celestial marriage, and multiple priesthoods. They have also rejected many of Joseph Smith’s teachings and revelations.

At ages 11 and 12, Alice Cooper (then Vincent Furnier) was very involved with the Bickertonite Church of Jesus Christ.  This allegiance fell sharply away as he became less Vincent Furnier, and more Alice Cooper.  As Alice Cooper, he became more and more involved with a new “trinity” – that of the proverbial "sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll."  In his own hindsight wording:  I used to celebrate moral decay, the decadence of it…  I was totally in agreement that every guy should sleep with every girl and drink as much as
they can…

And now?  Back on track with Mr. Nice Guy…

Although self-admittedly still far from perfect, Cooper now hitches his wagon to stars of the heavenly kind.  According to Donald Hughes, Cooper had this to say about once again embracing the Christian faith:  We have to make a choice…  This doesn’t speak to my intellect, it doesn’t speak to my logic – it speaks right to my heart and right to my soul, deeper than anything I’ve ever thought of. 


Copyright January 12, 2011 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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