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The Challenge of the Cults and New Religions

The Challenge of the Cults and New Religions Author Ron Rhodes
ISBN-10 0310829062
Release 2009-08-30
Pages 400
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Cults and New Religions Aren’t Hard to FindThey’re in your neighborhood . . . your workplace . . . your school . . . maybe even your family.Cults are flourishing across America. Chances are, you’ve encountered one, perhaps even know someone who is involved in a cult. Can you discuss knowledgably the critical differences between Christianity and the teachings of Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Scientology, the New Age movement, Hindu-based cults, and other prominent groups and religious movements? In this essential resource, preeminent cult authority Ron Rhodes explains what cults are, why they are cause for concern, and why in the 21st century, as never before, their numbers and memberships are exploding nationally and worldwide. Drawing on his extensive experience as a cult researcher, Rhodes offers to-the-point, cutting-edge information on twelve major cults and new religions:MormonismJehovah’s WitnessesMind SciencesNew Age MovementChurch of ScientologyHindu-based CultsUnification ChurchBaha’i FaithUnitarian UniversalismOneness PentecostalismMasonic LodgeSatanismLearning the distinctives of these groups will equip you to deal with any of the thousands of other less significant cults you may encounter. The Challenge of the Cults and New Religion includes Color photosScripture IndexSubject IndexGlossaryBibliographyAnd your resources don’t end at the last page. You can supplement your knowledge whenever you choose by visiting the author’s Web site at www.ronrhodes.org for free, thorough, up-to-the-minute information on each cult discussed in the book.If you’re concerned for the temporal and eternal welfare of others, The Challenge of the Cults is a must. It will help you confront the deception of false Christs and lying doctrines with the clear, well-grounded truth of biblical Christianity.



Understanding New Religious Movements

Understanding New Religious Movements Author John A. Saliba
ISBN-10 9780585483108
Release 2004-09-08
Pages 312
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Discussions of any religion can easily raise passions. But arguments tend to become even more heated when the religion under discussion is characterized as new. Divisions around the study of new religious movements (NRMs), or cults, or nontraditional or alternative or emergent religions are so acute that there is even controversy over what to call them. John Saliba strives to bring balance to these discussions by offering perspectives on new religions from different academic perspectives: history, psychology, sociology, law, theology, and counseling. This approach provides rich descriptions of a broad range of movements while demonstrating how the differing aims of the disciplines can create much of the controversy around NRMs. The new second edition has been updated and revised throughout and includes a new foreword by noted historian of religion, J. Gordon Melton. For classes in religion or the social sciences, or for interested individuals, Understanding New Religious Movements offers the most objective introduction possible.



God on High

God on High Author Laurie Cozad
ISBN-10 9781498504058
Release 2018-06-20
Pages 190
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God on High examines four North American cannabis-based religions: the Church of the Universe, the Church of Cognizance, the Hawai’i Cannabis Ministry, and Temple 420. It contextualizes these religions by looking at the patterns presented by earlier groups, such as the Rastafari religion, the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church, and The Farm.



Relational Apologetics

Relational Apologetics Author Michael C. Sherrard
ISBN-10 9781477400418
Release 2012-09-01
Pages 164
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How do you know that there is a God? How do you answer someone who says that truth doesn't exist? What do you do when someone asks you how you know that Christianity is the right religion? If you are like many people, the only answer you can offer is, “Well... I just have faith.” But to a world that wants to know if God is real, this is not a good enough answer. Christians must be ready to give a reason, a good reason, for their hope in Jesus, and their lives must be a holy reflection of their message. In Relational Apologetics, Michael C. Sherrard seeks to help Christians do just that: become holy people that defend Christianity both in word and deed. Using stories and drawing upon personal experiences, Sherrard teaches the importance of personal holiness, treating skeptics with respect, engaging in authentic conversations instead of shouting matches, and having well thought out answers to the skeptic's questions. In the process, you'll learn that defending Christianity is as much about who you are and what you do as it is what you say. And you will find that your life is intended to be an apologetic for God and a light for men to find Him.



Library Journal

Library Journal Author
ISBN-10 UOM:39015082964894
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Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.



Subject Guide to Books in Print

Subject Guide to Books in Print Author
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105025888517
Release 2003
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Subject Guide to Books in Print has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Subject Guide to Books in Print also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Subject Guide to Books in Print book for free.



Encountering New Religious Movements

Encountering New Religious Movements Author Irving Hexham
ISBN-10 0825494826
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Pages 322
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Using historical and biblical accounts, the authors present practical advice for evangelizing practitioners of new religions with approaches similar to those used to reach foreign people groups.



Jesus Only Churches

Jesus Only Churches Author E. Calvin Beisner
ISBN-10 9780310534976
Release 2016-09-06
Pages 88
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Unlike Jehovah's Witnesses, who deny the Trinity by demoting Jesus to a mere man, the "Jesus Only" churches deny the Trinity by claiming that there is only one God, and that Jesus is the Father and the Holy Spirit. "Jesus Only" churches not only require baptism for salvation, but also stipulate that it must be baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ only, and not in the name of the Father, the son, and the Holy Spirit. Thus, these churches distort the gospel and the historic, orthodox understanding of Jesus. Why this series? This is an age when countless groups and movements, old and new, mark the religious landscape in our culture, leaving many people confused or uncertain in their search for spiritual truth and meaning. Because you may not have the time or opportunity to research these movements fully, these books provide essential and reliable information and insights for their spiritual journeys. The second wave of books in this series addresses a broad range of spiritual beliefs, from non-Trinitarian Christian sects to witchcraft and neo-paganism to classic non-Christian religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism. All books but the summary volume, Truth and Error, contain five sections: -A concise introduction to the group being surveyed -An overview of the group’s theology — in its own words -Tips for witnessing effectively to members of the group -A bibliography with sources for further study -A comparison chart that shows the essential differences between biblical Christianity and the group -Truth and Error, the last book in the series, consists of parallel doctrinal charts compiled from all the other volumes. Three distinctives make this series especially useful to readers: -Information is carefully distilled to bring out truly essential points, rather than requiring readers to sift their way through a sea of secondary details. -Information is presented in a clear, easy-to-follow outline form with “menu bar” running heads. This format greatly assists the reader in quickly locating topics and details of interest. -Each book meets the needs and skill levels of both nontechnical and technical readers, providing an elementary level of refutation and progressing to a more advanced level using arguments based on the biblical text. The writers of these volumes are well qualified to present clear and reliable information and help readers to discern truth from falsehood.



The Battle for God

The Battle for God Author Karen Armstrong
ISBN-10 9780307798602
Release 2011-08-10
Pages 480
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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Karen Armstrong's Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life. In the late twentieth century, fundamentalism has emerged as one of the most powerful forces at work in the world, contesting the dominance of modern secular values and threatening peace and harmony around the globe. Yet it remains incomprehensible to a large number of people. In The Battle for God, Karen Armstrong brilliantly and sympathetically shows us how and why fundamentalist groups came into existence and what they yearn to accomplish. We see the West in the sixteenth century beginning to create an entirely new kind of civilization, which brought in its wake change in every aspect of life -- often painful and violent, even if liberating. Armstrong argues that one of the things that changed most was religion. People could no longer think about or experience the divine in the same way; they had to develop new forms of faith to fit their new circumstances. Armstrong characterizes fundamentalism as one of these new ways of being religious that have emerged in every major faith tradition. Focusing on Protestant fundamentalism in the United States, Jewish fundamentalism in Israel, and Muslim fundamentalism in Egypt and Iran, she examines the ways in which these movements, while not monolithic, have each sprung from a dread of modernity -- often in response to assault (sometimes unwitting, sometimes intentional) by the mainstream society. Armstrong sees fundamentalist groups as complex, innovative, and modern -- rather than as throwbacks to the past -- but contends that they have failed in religious terms. Maintaining that fundamentalism often exists in symbiotic relationship with an aggressive modernity, each impelling the other on to greater excess, she suggests compassion as a way to defuse what is now an intensifying conflict.



Reasoning from the Scriptures with the Mormons

Reasoning from the Scriptures with the Mormons Author Ron Rhodes
ISBN-10 9780736939010
Release 1995-07-01
Pages 432
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For believers who have wanted to share more openly and knowledgeably with Mormon neighbors or the missionaries at their door, this book will help believers thoughtfully consider the main points of Mormonism and respond with understanding that comes from having reasoned out the issues for themselves. This is the ultimate hands-on reference guide, equipping believers to share the true gospel with the Mormons.



American Book Publishing Record

American Book Publishing Record Author
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105111052903
Release 2002
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American Book Publishing Record has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from American Book Publishing Record also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full American Book Publishing Record book for free.



Conviction Without Compromise

Conviction Without Compromise Author Norman Geisler
ISBN-10 9780736922203
Release 2008
Pages 394
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From the earliest days of the church, Christians have struggled with questions related to unity and the handling of doctrinal differences. In this book you'll find clear guidance from Scripture about the doctrines on which it's essential for Christians to agree, and the doctrines on which believers can graciously agree to disagree. This landmark resource will equip you to take an uncompromising stand on the essentials of the faith while promoting love and unity among true believers. Book jacket.



From Jesus to Christ

From Jesus to Christ Author Paula Fredriksen
ISBN-10 9780300164107
Release 2008-10-01
Pages 288
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From Jesus to Christ has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from From Jesus to Christ also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full From Jesus to Christ book for free.



Correcting the Cults

Correcting the Cults Author Norman L. Geisler
ISBN-10 080106550X
Release 2005-03-01
Pages 368
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Cults like Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, and the New Age movement are ensnaring people by the millions. Why do so many flock to these perversions of Christianity? And how can we reason with them to help them see that Jesus is the only way to eternal life? Correcting the Cults is designed to help the reader do just that. After a thorough introduction on understanding the nature and characteristics of cults, the authors take the reader through the Bible, examining Scripture passages that cult adherents traditionally misinterpret to support and validate their own doctrines. This comprehensive, accessible, and intelligent resource is an important tool for pastors, students, and anyone who knows a cult member or someone considering a cult.



A Chosen Faith

A Chosen Faith Author John A. Buehrens
ISBN-10 0807016179
Release 1998
Pages 221
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Chosen Faith is a Beacon Press publication.



The Rise of Christianity

The Rise of Christianity Author Rodney Stark
ISBN-10 9780060677015
Release 1997-05-09
Pages 272
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This "fresh, blunt, and highly persuasive account of how the West was won—for Jesus" (Newsweek) is now available in paperback. Stark's provocative report challenges conventional wisdom and finds that Christianity's astounding dominance of the Western world arose from its offer of a better, more secure way of life. "Compelling reading" (Library Journal) that is sure to "generate spirited argument" (Publishers Weekly), this account of Christianity's remarkable growth within the Roman Empire is the subject of much fanfare. "Anyone who has puzzled over Christianity's rise to dominance...must read it." says Yale University's Wayne A. Meeks, for The Rise of Christianity makes a compelling case for startling conclusions. Combining his expertise in social science with historical evidence, and his insight into contemporary religion's appeal, Stark finds that early Christianity attracted the privileged rather than the poor, that most early converts were women or marginalized Jews—and ultimately "that Christianity was a success because it proved those who joined it with a more appealing, more assuring, happier, and perhaps longer life" (Andrew M. Greeley, University of Chicago).



Reasoning from the Scriptures with the Jehovah s Witnesses

Reasoning from the Scriptures with the Jehovah s Witnesses Author Ron Rhodes
ISBN-10 9780736936453
Release 2009-07-01
Pages 464
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Christians have great news to offer Jehovah's Witnesses. In this revised and updated version of the top-selling Reasoning from the Scriptures with the Jehovah's Witnesses (more than 90,000 copies sold), author and Bible expert Ron Rhodes helps readers delve into the Bible and use practical tools to share God's truths with those who come calling. Convenient side-by-side comparisons of the New World Translation and the Bible, along with answers to each doctrinal error espoused by the Witnesses. Point-by-point lists of the favorite tactics and arguments used by the Witnesses...along with effective, biblical responses to each Questions you can ask to challenge the Jehovah's Witnesses' confidence in the Watchtower Society. With easy-to-understand helps, concise information, direct comparisons of beliefs, and a compassionate presentation, this resource from Ron Rhodes is ideal for personal and church libraries and for any reader who wants to confidently share the gospel.