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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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Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012
Also known as Executive Success Programs, NXIVM is a company offering courses in the development of human potential.
Devotees praise the program, but others view the organization to be, sociologically, a cult. »
Friday, Feb. 10, 2012
In recent years the Christian Church has seen an explosion of independent ministries led by men and women claiming to speak and act with apostolic and prophetic authority.
Yet many of their statements and teachings strike at the very heart of essential Christian doctrine and the nature of Christianity.
A book review by Anton Hein »
A close examination reveals that the new apostolic and prophetic movement poses a serious threat to the doctrional integrity of the Church. »
Monday, Jan. 30, 2012
T.D. Jakes says he has moved away from a "Oneness" view of the Godhead to embrace an orthodox definition of the Trinity. Yet he still considers modalists -- people who embrace the heretical Oneness theology -- to be Christians. »
Friday, Dec. 30, 2011
The dark and dangerous world of cults has long been a source of both fascination and fear. What attracts followers to cults and, more importantly, what makes them stay?
Watch the documentary, Cults: Dangerous Devotion. »
Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011
Pakistan’s Islamic blasphemy laws have been widely condemned. False accusations of blasphemy are often used by Muslims in disputes not only with Christians and followers of other faiths, but also with fellow Muslims. »
Friday, Dec. 23, 2011
In recent month there has been much discussion in the media on the question of whether or not Mormonism is a 'cult.'
Most people who weighed in on the subject demonstrated a lack knowledge regarding the meaning of the term 'cult,' as well as the differences between Mormon and Christian theology. »
Monday, Dec. 12, 2011
Research resources on Buddhism. As with everything in Apologetics Index, while we have a particular focus on Christian apologetics
this updated entry continues our tradition of linking to study resources from a variety of perspectives. »
Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011
Few discussions regarding Christian theology bring with them so much heat and so little light than the ones regarding Calvinism
Lost in a thicket of Arminian and Calvinist debate, we sometimes lose sight of the grand truths we hold in common...
Christian author and minister Edward Fudge shows what Christians on both sides of the discussion have in common. »
Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011
Many Christians unwittingly get caught up in abusive churches -- or relationships -- in which they are subjected to spiritual abuse.
Stephen Martin's book The Heresy of Mind Control
helps Christians recognize the warning signs that a group and its leader are dangerous. »
Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011
The publishers of Apologetics Index have received permission from Moody Publishers to post online a chapter from the book, Faith Misguided: Exposing the Dangers of Mysticism
, by Arthur L. Johnson.
The book, first published in 1988, is currently out of print. However, its content continues to be of interest to Christians who wish to understand not just today's religious and spiritual trends outside of the Church -- but also certain teachings and practices that have been introduced in
the church over the past few decades. »
By revealing Himself through the written Word, God has committed Himself to using rational concepts as a tool for revelation, thereby making human reason absolutely necessary. Yet mystic literature abounds with statements that reject the reasoning ability as an adequate tool for gaining knowledge. »
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011
Witchcraft has gone mainstream.
Even though it took the work of thirty years to prepare the way, the public's attitude toward Witchcraft was effectively turned upside down in less than a decade.
This is the Conclusion of Witchcraft Goes Mainstream
, by Brooks Alexander »
Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011
The purpose of interfaith work from the Witches' point of view was to establish Witchcraft as a religion among religions, thus increasing the acceptance and acceptability of Witchcraft in society, and thereby serving the ultimate purpose of increasing the physical safety and enlarging the social comfort-zone of Witches in general.
Judged by those standards, the Witches' "interfaith interface" has been remarkably successful. Today the Witchcraft movement has already achieved legal status as one religion among many, and is on the verge of achieving it socially -- which is exactly what the interfaith approach was designed to accomplish.
This is Chapter 7 or Witchcraft Goes Mainstream
, by Brooks Alexander »