Church of Zion

Wilbur Glenn Voliva (1870-1942) took over leadership of the Church, which became the Christian Catholic Apostolic Church in Zion.

Voliva taught his 6000 followers the Flat Earth model within a Biblical framework.. His 100,000 watt radio station broadcast his diatribes against round earth astronomy, and the evils of evolution.  In its early years, Zion was a one-religion community and a Scottish lace industry.  

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Voliva in 1932. Voliva declared that the Bible was his entire scientific library. Astronomers were 'ignorant fools'. The sun, he said, was only three thousand miles away, and only thirty-two miles in diameter. 

Just Before Voliva took control , Scotsman John Alexander Dowie (1847-1907) brought these ideas to America in 1888, where he founded the Christian Catholic Church in Chicago. Dowie was a faith healer, and the journal Leaves of Healing was the official publication of the church. The church grew rapidly, and Dowie realized his dream of founding a christian community in 1901, the Zion community located on the Lake Michigan shore, 40 miles north of Chicago. 

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