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Book Title: Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions: Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormonism, Mind Sciences, Baha'i, Zen, Unitarianism|
The author of the book: John Ankerberg
Edition: Harvest House Publishers
Date of issue: November 1st 1999
ISBN 13: 9780736900744
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 3.6
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Well, what can I say. I'm a Christian, and I believe that the teachings of Jesus Christ and the apostles is the basis of a relationship with God. In other words, is true. I also believe that God DID NOT call me to be the arbiter of who gets to believe what, I think He can handle that. In America Freedom of religion is critical. The Christians who have held office here have never tried to turn this country into a theocracy even as (most/many) of them try to live in a Christian manner.
This book opens with a statement that Biblical Christianity is the only true religion. I agree with this, though I don't try to ram my beliefs down the throats of others. I mean if you're Buddhist you believe it's "the correct way" right? Otherwise why would you be Buddhist? If you're Islamic I assume you believe that Islam is the true religion otherwise you wouldn't be Islamic, correct? The same is true of anyone. if you profess a religion I assume you believe it to be the correct religion. Even if your belief system proclaims that all religious systems lead to God, you believe that to be the correct belief and disagree with those of us who hold to a "single belief system". The key here as I said is that in America we are not only free to believe and practice our beliefs and to disagree with one another, we are guaranteed protection in our beliefs. So as I agree with the opening or introduction of this book, I find their definition of what is "Biblical Christianity" a bit, strained. In the book are listed churches that I disagree with and whose beliefs I find I just can't accept. Unfortunately, if I go with the books views...a couple of my own beliefs put me outside their narrow definition of Christianity.
Some here will of course find themselves in total agreement with the book and it's..."judgments" but many if not most will find the views a bit (as I said) narrow.
Bottom line, I don't believe that what the authors and editors hold to as "Christian" isn't...but in some cases they would hold that beliefs I hold would be "Unchristian". (I would go into what but I doubt many care and most would look at it and see it as a minor disagreement).
I'm reminded here of an illustration a speaker used a a "Promise Keeper's" "convention" a few years ago. I don't remember who the speaker was but he illustrated the Christian Church (as a whole) as a ship. Some Christians are on the deck of the ship enjoying the spray in their face and rejoicing, some are down in the bowels of the ship with a magnifying glass looking at the bolts and welds of the ship...and some think their group are the only ones on the ship.
A book to be read for interest and for an "overview" of some cults, sects, smaller and unusual religions. Note I said "overview". The "overviews" are very surface and should not be taken as "scholarly". I go two stars for the "interest" factor. I would use this only as an entry look at any religion..the obviously cultic and the more mainline alike.
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Read information about the authorJohn F. Ankerberg (born Dec 1945) is the host of a nationally syndicated evangelical Christian television talk show. The show is broadcast from Chattanooga, Tennessee via satellite and highlights contemporary Christian viewpoints and debates among well known Christian scholars.
Ankerberg holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Luther Rice Seminary and is an ordained Baptist minister. He is the author or co-author of numerous books including Darwin's Leap of Faith: Exposing the False Religion of Evolution (Harvest House, 1998), and The Secret Teachings of the Masonic Lodge: A Christian Perspective (Moody, 1990).
He is married and has one daughter.