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Also included: information about apologetics-, anticult-, and countercult organizations, as well as entries on doctrines, religious practices and world views. These resources reflect a variety of theological and/or sociological perspectives.
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Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013
The Louie Giglio affair seems to represent a kind of watershed moment for North American culture. Secular culture no longer seems content with Christians tolerating behaviors; it now seems we must think the right thoughts about them and lend our approval. How should Christians respond? »
Karl Barth rescued theology from classic liberalism but at what price? His theology is once again gaining major attention, although this time the early, Evangelical critiques have been largely dismissed from any discussion of Barth as caricatures of Barth's intent.
Are the early critiques flawed, or should we learn from them to take a more cautious look at the work of this theological giant? »
Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012
The concepts of religious freedom and tolerance - allowing individuals to believe in, practice, and promote their religion of choice without repercussions - are legitimate and worthwhile.
They also play a role in interfaith activities and interreligious dialogue.
At the same time these worthwhile concepts are sometimes misused by abusive churches and other cults in attempts to stifle legitimate concerns, criticism, and/or legal action. »
Monday, Dec. 3, 2012
There is nothing more refreshing than to encounter genuine integrity, and this is what David Kowalski finds in Ralph Woodrow, the Christian author of a big selling book that he took out of print for reasons of conscience -- who then wrote another book refuting this first one. »
Monday, Nov. 12, 2012
Narconon is a residential program aimed at treating substance abusers. The problem? Its approach is based on the medical views of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, considered by most to amount to nothing but quackery. TIME magazine has referred to Narconon as "a classic vehicle for drawing addicts into the cult." »
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012
Phony doctorates are a moral scandal in the church today, says David Kowalski, pointing out that many ministers are deliberately misrepresenting their academic qualifications with fake degrees. »
Monday, Oct. 8, 2012
What does it mean to offer pastoral care in both the manner in which Jesus wished it to be undertaken and in terms of the content of the care that is offered to Christ's flock?
Keith William Marshall addresses this question in his dissertation, written in response to a perceived breakdown in pastoral care »
Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012
An old, marginal, view of law and gospel is being popularized today, but it is easily refuted. This view is best referred to by its old name -- antinomianism (a term coined by Martin Luther, meaning "against law") because such people say God's moral law has been negated through the cross.
David Kowalksi addresses the issue. »
Monday, Oct. 1, 2012
E. Bernard and Manasseh Jordan are enemies of the gospel. Their talk of prosperity, power, and prophecy ultimately points us to the Jordans themselves and to a mystical power within us. These sheep-fleecers preach and teach dark, cultic doctrines in the house of God. And, writes David Kowalski, they would likely not have gained entry in that house without the help of their good friend, Benny Hinn.
A wake-up call for Christians who fall for anything that promises to make them healthy, rich, and happy. »
Tuesday, Sep. 25, 2012
The core beliefs of Oneness Pentecostalism violate the essential doctrines of the Christianity faith, making the movement theologically a cult of Christianity. »
There has been much upheaval in the Oneness ranks recently but their view of God has not changed, says David Kowalski. They have a distorted notion of the Trinity and need someone to show them the scriptural teaching of the Trinity. »
Monday, Sep. 24, 2012
Research resources on Boko Haram -- a radical Islamist sect of Islam that has been committing terrorist acts throughout Northern Nigeria since it was formed in 2002. »
Saturday, Sep. 22, 2012
The new atheists are not called "angry atheists" without reason. Instead of engaging in serious dialog they tend to go for one's emotional jugular. They will blaspheme Christ and insult Christians in the most demeaning manner possible. David Kowalski lists the kind of tactics one can expect from them. »
Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2012
What is a cult of Christianity? How to determine whether or not a certain group or movement is Christian or not? Also: why such groups should not be called 'Christian cults.' »
Friday, Aug. 17, 2012
David Jang has become an increasingly influential figure in Asian and now American evangelicalism, says Christianity Today
in the introduction to an August, 2012 investigative report.
Many people say Jang leads a group that has encouraged the belief that he's the 'Second Coming Christ.' Reportedly Jang specifically denied ever teaching this. »