Statement by D. James Kennedy, Ph.D.
Statement by D. James Kennedy, Ph.D., Senior Minister, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church regarding Hank Hanegraaff
Plus links to responses and additional information
The source of this statement, received June 5, 2001, has been verified by Jill Rische, of
Walter Martin's Religious InfoNet.
Links added by Apologetics Index.
July 12, 2001 - Letter Removed
James Kennedy's statement has been removed at the request of John Aman, Publications Manager of Coral Ridge Ministries. Mr. Aman notes that the letter ''was sent to an individual and was not intended as an "open letter" to the general public.'' Rather, the message was to be made available to those who personally inquired about the matter.
A separate, different statement has now been made available at the Coral Ridge Ministries web site:
As you perhaps know, in the past several weeks Coral Ridge Ministries’ President and Speaker, Dr. D. James Kennedy has been the target of outrageous accusations of heresy from another broadcast ministry concerning Dr. Kennedy's book, The Real Meaning of the Zodiac and the series of messages under the same name that were scheduled to be re-broadcast on Truths That Transform this month. To respond more fully to these charges, we have elected to postpone the Zodiac series and schedule replacement programs for July.
For now, let me say that Dr. Kennedy states repeatedly in his messages and in the book that the purpose of the series and the book is two-fold: 1) to present the Gospel, and 2) to expose astrology as a fraud and pagan practice. To suggest the opposite demonstrates a lack of a simple grasp of the facts and the content of both the book and series.
For the full statement, see Update: The Real Meaning of the Zodiac
Among other things, the statement outlines, and answers, the criticism against the Gospel in the Stars (GIS) theory.
» Hank Hanegraaff's response Posted at the web site of Bob and Gretchen Passantino
rather than at CRI's own web site.
» The Passantino's Response to Dr. D. James Kennedy's recent statement regarding
Hank Hanegraaff by Gretchen Passantino
» Rob Bowman responds to the Hank Hanegraaff letter by Robert Bowman
» Rob Bowman responds to the Gretchen Passantino letter by Robert Bowman
Note: The publisher of Apologetics Index is not aware of any public responses to the serious issues addressed here and here on Walter Martin's Religious InfoNet.
Note: A person by the name of Mike Bugal is trying to insert himself into these controversies by addressing issues he knows little about. The publisher of Apologetics Index does not consider Mr. Bugal's involvement helpful, nor his understanding and representation of the issues to be correct.
» About Dr. James Kennedy Profile at the Coral Ridge Ministries' site
» Bible Answer Man program, May 23, 2001 Note: Archived Bible Answer Man
programs stay online for one month only. The broadcast referred to is now offline.
However, it has been recorded, and relevant excerpts may eventually be made
available by a third party
» Coral Ridge Ministries
» Defining Plagiarism Indepth information by Irving Hexham
» Did God design stars to communicate revelation? (Also addresses some of Hank
» Is the Gospel spelled out in the stars?
» More about the Hanegraaff/CRI controversies
» More about Trinity Broadcasting Network
» Signs in the Stars? By Lambert Dolphin, Malcolm Bowden, Barry Setterfield and
» "When Christians Fight Christians" A case study mentioned in the item is widely
recognized as referring to controversies that, over the years, developed at CRI. Tim
Stafford's article offers sound suggestions on how to deal with these type of situations,
but to-date these controversies still remain unresolved.
The Real Meaning of the Zodiac , Dr. D. James Kennedy. Dr. Kennedy, famous pastor of the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, does not like astrology. In twelve sermons, one per sign, Dr. Kennedy gave his evidence that astrology is a fraud. The sermons were later published in this short book. The book gives a fine history of the 48 astrological constellations (Aries, Perseus, Andromeda, etc.) and their 48 ancient myths. Taken together, the 48 myths tell the story of Homecoming. Dr. Kennedy is aware of this and carefully explains it from the Christian point of view. There are other books like this, but Dr. Kennedy's is scholarly and carefully researched. Paperback.
The Seven Stages of the Journey Back to God : A Joyous Homecoming Interpretation of the Book of Revelation. Handout: Suggested Reading. As cached by Google
In his book, The Real Meaning Of The Zodiac, Dr. James Kennedy echoes such ideas, pointing out that the ancient signs of the Zodiac record a singular and original revelation—a kind of Gospel in the stars—and that the message of the stars, although converted into astrology after the fall of man, originally recorded the Gospel of God. He writes:
There exists in the writings of virtually all civilized nations a description of the major stars in the heavens—something which might be called their ''Constellations of the Zodiac'' or the ''Signs of the Zodiac,'' of which there are twelve. If you go back in time to Rome, or beyond that to Greece, or before that to Egypt, Persia, Assyria, or Babylonia—regardless of how far back you go, there is a remarkable phenomenon: Nearly all nations had the same twelve signs, representing the same twelve things, placed in the same order....The book of Job, which is thought by many to be the oldest book of the Bible, goes back to approximately 2150 B.C., which is 650 years before Moses came upon the scene to write the Pentateuch; over 1,100 years before Homer wrote the Odyssey and the Illiad; and 1,500 years before Thales, the first of the philosophers, was born. In chapter 38, God finally breaks in and speaks to Job and to his false comforters. As He is questioning Job, showing him and his companions their ignorance, God says to them: ''Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?'' (Job 38:31,32).
In his book Dr. Kennedy strongly condemns the practice of astrology, while asserting his view that the constellations of the zodiac were likely given by God to the first man as ''record-keepers'' of the original revelation of God. [...more...]
Ancient Israel, the Zodiac, and the Sun God, by Thomas Horn
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