The Apologetics Index 'family of web sites' provides 47,830+ pages of research resources on religious cults, sects, new religious movements, and alternative religions.
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, Apr. 10, 2012
Applied Scholastics promotes the use of study techniques created by L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology. Scientology refers to it as one of its 'social betterment' programs.
Critics contend use of the material helps legitimize the controversial cult, and point out that the organization's claims can not be independently verified. »
Thursday, Apr. 5, 2012
Freeminds, Inc. is a secular educational organization that aims to educate the public about the methods that all cults use, with a particular focus on Jehovah's Witnesses. »
Tuesday, Mar. 27, 2012
One of the requirements to reach 'exaltation' -- the fullness of all that God has to offer -- is what Mormons call "celestial marriage."
Celestial marriage is a marriage in a Mormon temple designed to last not just until death but throughout all eternity. It is not a practice taught or condoned by historic, Biblical Christianity »
How the Mormon Church outlawed polygamy, "The Most Holy And Important Doctrine Ever Revealed." »
Friday, Mar. 23, 2012
Contrary to its name, Sound Doctrine Church teaches many unsound doctrines. In addition the church reportedly has cult-like characteristics. »
Monday, Mar. 19, 2012
The Rose Guide to the Temple is a a full-color, large format book that provides a complete easy-to-understand overview of the history of the Temple in Jerusalem. »
Tuesday, Mar. 13, 2012
Do deceased friends and loved-ones communicate with John Edward? Research resources on the subject. »
Monday, Mar. 12, 2012
Twelve Tribes is a communal religious movement that believes it emulates the early Christian church. Theologically it is a cult of Christianity. »
Information about the Twelve Tribes, an international community of religious communes, considered to be theologically a cult of Christianity. »
Saturday, Mar. 10, 2012
A small Pentecostal 'denomination' of sorts, consisting of a few dozen independent, loosely affiliated congregations throughout the USA. This group of churches is noted for its controversial, unbiblical teachings regarding faith healing, which have resulted in unnecessary deaths. »
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. »