Apologetics Index: Information about religious cults, sects, movements, doctrines, apologetics and counter-cult ministry.  Also: daily religion news, articles on Christian life and ministry, editorials, daily cartoon.
Apologetics research resources on religious cults and sects
Religious cults, sects, and alternative religions Home PageSpacer Rainbow
Spacer
Home
A-Z Index

How To Use
About AI
Contact Us
Note: This page is no longer updated. Please see the new index
www.ApologeticsIndex.org
A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J   K   L   M   N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V   W   X   Y   Z   #

[Note: See our updated indexes]

Apologetics Index - T

  Key About Apologetics Index    Key Policy    Link Policy    Disclaimer  
  Christian Christian   Non-Christian Non-Christian   Secular Secular   Pluralistic Pluralistic   To Be Reviewed/Grey Zone/Unsure Grey Zone, Unsure or Offkey
  Aberrational, Heretical, Heterodox, Suborthodox or Unorthodox Aberrational, Heretical, Heterodox, Suborthodox or Unorthodox   Academic Academic
  Profess to be Christian but are outside orthodox Christianity Profess to be Christian but are outside orthodox Christianity.  offsite Off-site Link

line

2 x 2s

Back To Top

3HO

Yogi Bhajan founded the "3HO" (Happy Healthy Holy) organization which stresses a combination of Hindu and Sufi practices such as yogic kundalini arousal.
John Ankerberg and John Weldon, Encyclopedia of New Age Beliefsoffsite Harvest House Publishers, Oregon, 1996.

Tai Chi

Full name: Tai Chi Chuan.

A composite of martial art, meditation, and health exercises, the founding of which is the pracice of 'the form', a series of 108 movements each of which has several fighting applications. The 109 movements are pracitised as a slow flowing sequence which allows the 'players' to harmonize mind, body, and spirit. (...) The exercises and forms develop, focus, and circulate the qi energy through the meridians, which also form the basis of acupuncture and associated therapies. Tai Chi Chuan is said to balance the energy flow through the body and mind, and assist in the circulation of body fluids...
Peter Gravett, Making Sense of English in Alternative Medicine, Chambers Harrap Publisher, Edinburgh, 1993

Taler Singer, Margaret

Non-Christian Taliban

 referral See this page

Tam, Ong

Leader of meditation movement Vo Vi.

Non-Christian Taoism

Chinese religion based on the Tao, an ancient writing attributed to Lao-Tse. Foremost among Taoist concepts is the yin and yang, symbolizing the convergent and divergent aspects of the universe; good and evil, male and female, etc.
Pat Means, The Mystical Maze. Campus Crusade for Christ, 1976

Simply said, Tao (pronounced "dao") means "the way."
  1. Actually, the Tao cannot be truly expressed in words. In fact, since the Tao cannot be defined, attempts to express it have resulted in many different meanings.
  2. For example, Taoist philosophers spoke of the Tao in metaphysical terms as the source and essence of Absolute Reality.
  3. Meanwhile, Confucius referred to the Tao as an ethical concept, a way of behaving.
Buddhism, Taoism, & Other Far Eastern Religions, J. Isamu Yamamoto, Zondervan

Taoism has evolved into philosophical and religious Taoism
  1. Although both groups belong to a common tradition, some of their characteristics conflict
  2. Philosophical Taoism is seen as rational, contemplative, and non-sectarian, viewing death as a natural occurrence when one returns to the Tao.
  3. Religious Taoism is seen as magical, cultic, esoteric, and sectarian, utilizing the occult to attain physical immortality.
Buddhism, Taoism, & Other Far Eastern Religions, J. Isamu Yamamoto, Zondervan

- Books -        Click On Titles To Order At Discount           » More Books
Back To Top

Tanner, Sandra and Jerald

Ex-Mormons. Founders of the Utah Lighthouse Ministry.
Back To Top

Tantrism

Back To Top

Tarot Cards

Task Force on Missionaries and Cults

Aberrational, Heretical, Heterodox, Suborthodox or Unorthodox TBN

Back To Top

Teen Help

Controversial, Utah-based treatment business for troubled teens.

- Articles -
Secular Desparate Measuresoffsite Three-day series by Denver Rocky Mountain News

TELAH

Also: TELAH Foundation. Stands for "Evolutionary Level Above Human." Founded by Mark and Sarah King (Phoenix, Arizona), who left the Heaven's Gate cult in 1979, but claim they were instructed to carry on the group's message. After the cult committed suicide, the Kings sued for its property, but lost. They do, however, own the trademarks and copyrights for the Heaven's Gate artworks, videotapes and religious writings.

Temple Group

Also known as "Solomon's Temple," after it's leader, Brother Solomon Ben David, a Seventh-day Adventist.

- News Database -

» Search for news items in our news database.
(Includes items added between Oct. 25, 1999 and Jan. 31, 2002. See about this database)

Temple Institute

Private organization in Jerusalem dedicated to rebuilding the Temple. (See also Temple Mount Faithful)

Temple Mount Faithful

aka The Movement for the Establishement of the Temple. Private organization in Jerusalem dedicated to rebuilding the Temple. (See also Temple Institute). Lead by Gershon Salomon.

- News Database -
Items added after August, 2002:
» Religion News Blog News Collection, various sources

Older Items:
» Database of archived news items
(Includes items added between Oct. 25, 1999 and Jan. 31, 2002. See about this database)
Older item:
(Sep 2, 1999) Mississippi preacher devotes life to birthing red heifer in Israel

Temple of Understanding

Tenney, Tommy

Supports the Toronto Blessing and Pensacola Outpouring movements.

- Quotes -

The whole earth is pregnant with the purposes of God. The church is swelled up - our belly is extended, weíre like a pregnant woman. When a woman is pregnant you know one thing, she is going to have a baby. You donít know where, and you donít know when. My mother told me that I was almost born in a five and dime store. We all feel this anticipation, Godís going to have a baby. We donít know where or when but something is coming. It will be so much bigger than what we already have, you wonít know how to describe it.
Tenney, speaking to the Brownsville School of Ministry Chapel Service, March 31, 1999

Terrorism, Religious

 referral See this page

Testimony of Jesus

Name under which the Two-by-Twos are officially registered in England.
Back To Top

Theism

 referral See this page 

Christian Theological Dictionaryoffsite

Part of Matt Slick's "Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry" site Additional On-Site Information

Theonomy

The belief that Old Testament Law is as valid and applicable today as it was in Old Testament times, and should in fact be enforced in modern states. Also known as Christian Reconstructionism (see resources there).

TheoPhostic Counseling

Therapeautic Touch

This alternative healing practice is based on the assumption that human beings have an energy field (i.e. aura) that envelops them. This energy field is said to be abundant and balanced in healthy people, and depleted and/or unbalanced in those who are unhealthy.

A form of healing in which the therapist first clears the mind by visualization or meditation to allow free flow of psychic energy, and then lightly places the hands over any area where sickness or imbalance are detected, thereby allowed healing energy to flow and restore balance.
Peter Gravett, Making Sense of English in Alternative Medicine, Chambers Harrap Publisher, Edinburgh, 1993

- Articles -
Secular Therapeutic Touchoffsite (CONTRA) FAQ on the Health Care Reality Check site
Secular Therapeutic Touchoffsite (CONTRA)By Stephen Barrett, M.D.
Christian Therapeutic Touchoffsite A profile by Watchman Fellowship Click for more information on this entry

Theravada

The fundamentalist branch of Buddhism

See also: Mahayana

Thieme, Robert B.

 referral See this page

Third Wave

An updated and expanded entry on the Third Wave movement has been posted here.

Thomas, Gospel of

- Articles -
Christian Is the Gospel of Thomas Reliable?offsite By Michael J. Bumbulis

Thornburg, Robert Watts

Dean at Boston University's Marsh Chapel. Expert on the International Churches of Christ cult.

Thought Reform Consultation

Thought reform consultants are committed to voluntary exit-counseling. Exit-counseling itself was designed to replace involuntary deprogramming. However, at one time some organizations and individuals blurred the distinction between the two practices by claiming both could be either voluntary or involuntary. A number of exit counselors committed to doing only voluntary interventions have formed an organization of Thought Reform Consultants, the members of which agree to abide by these Ethical Standards for Thought Reform Consultantsoffsite

» Apologetics Index Statement regarding brainwashing, deprogramming
   and exit counseling.

Tilton, Robert

Disgraced TV Evangelist

TM

Aberrational, Heretical, Heterodox, Suborthodox or Unorthodox Toronto Blessing

One of several current Renewal and Revival movements. Controversial for its connections to Word/Faith teachers, the so-called "Kansas City Prophets," its adherence to various Latter Rain doctrines, and its unbiblical practices.

Note: Not all renewal/revival movements, and not all churches in renewal or revival adhere to all or any of these teachings.

- Articles -
Christian Renewal and Revival movements You'll find many resources listed under this Apologetics Index listing.
Christian Sugar and Vinegar Section within the Apologetics Index with articles and editorials relating to various Renewal and Revival issues.
Christian My Testimony The publisher of Apologetics Index addresses concerns regarding the Toronto Blessing Movement

- Mailing List -
Christian AI-Renewal The Apologetics Index's own mailing list. A place where we discuss a variety of contemporary Christian issues, with a primary focus on Biblical apologetics and how they apply to movements, doctrines, daily Christian life and current affairs. Also addresses aspects of the controversial renewal and revival movements.

For more lists, see Renewal and Revival Movements

- Sites -
» See the resources listed here

Aberrational, Heretical, Heterodox, Suborthodox or Unorthodox Toronto Airport Christian Fellowshipoffsite

Home of the Toronto Blessing Movement.

Founded the Partners in Harvest network of likeminded churches, after the Association of Vineyard Churches voted to disassociate TACF from the Vineyard Movement over the Toronto Blessing controvery.
Back To Top

Christian "Toxic Faith"

Book by Stephen Arterburn & Jack Felton on unhealthy faith/Christianity (Nashville, Thomas Nelson, 1991)
Summaryoffsite by Bill Jackson, of the Champaign Vineyard, Urbana, Illinois.

Secular Trancenet.orgoffsite

Back To Top

Non-Christian Transcendental Meditation

Trans-local Ministries

This term is used by those who support the concepts of having Apostolic Teams oversee City Churches

Trends / Polls

Religion trends and polls.

- News Database -

» Database of archived news items on trends in religion
(Includes items added between Oct. 25, 1999 and Jan. 31, 2002. See about this database)

» For items published after July, 2002, see Religion News Blog

- See Also -
» Statistics

- Sites -
Christian Barna Researchoffsite A marketing research company that provides information and analysis regarding cultural trends and the Christian Church.

Trenite, Koos Nolst

Known on the religion usenet newsgroups as "Ambassador for Mankind."

Koos Nolst Trenité is a former dutch scientologist living in Germany. He surfaced on the internet in 1994 and called himself "Ron's inspector"; now he calls himself only "Ambassador for Mankind".
(...)

He believes in past lives (see part 13). He also believes that Damien Miscavige (the current leader of scientology) killed him several times in past lives, similar to the allegation that ''Arthur Dent'' had killed ''Agrajag'' in *all* his past lives, explained in chapter 18 of the third book of ''The hitch hiker's guide to the galaxy'': ''Life, the universe and everything''.

He believes that scientology was a scam created by L. Ron Hubbard, Damien Miscavige and Jon Atack some 14 million years ago, with dreadful intentions. At the same time he believes that scientology is a world-saving technology which of course only he fully understands.

Trigger Words and Phrases

Words and phrases designed to elicit a (often preconditioned) response. Within certain modern renewal and revival movements, such as the Toronto Blessing and Pensacola Outpouring, words and phrases like "Fire!" "More!" "Let Your glory fall!" and others often start or increase manifestations.

Trinity

As this doctrine is believed on the one hand or challenged on the other, Christian life is found to be affected at its roots and over all its extent. Every doctrine is run up to it; every privilege and duty hangs on it... However a man may begin his career of error, the general issue is that the doctrine of the Trinity, proving an unexpected check or insurmountable obstacle in the carrying out of his opinions, has to be modified or pushed aside; and he comes to be against the Trinity because he has found it was against him.
George Smeaton, The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit (Carlisle, Pa.: The Banner of Truth, 1980), p.5

A person who claims the doctrine of the Trinity is false because the word "Trinity" is not found in Scripture is as foolish as someone who claims 3½ inches, or, say, 5¼ centimeters do not exist because his ruler only shows whole numbers. The doctrine of the Trinity is presented in Scripture clearly enough for spiritual people to recognize, and solidly enough for unspiritual people to stumble over.
Anton Hein

Extended Entry For resources see this Extended Entry

Aberrational, Heretical, Heterodox, Suborthodox or Unorthodox Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN)

 referral See this page

Trinity Foundation

Back To Top

Trott, Jon

Extended Entry See Extended Entry on Jon Trott

True and Living Church of Jesus Christ of Saints of the Last Days, The (TLC)

Polygamous sect of Mormonism. Led by James D. Harmston, who claims to have been ordained by Moses. His followers consider him to be the reincarnation of Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon Church).

TLC can be considered a cult of Mormonism, from which it is derived, while Mormonism itself is a cult of Christianity.

- Site -
Profess to be Christian but are outside orthodox Christianity True and Living Church of Jesus Christ of Saints of the Last Daysoffsite Original site no longer online. URL leads to archived copy of the official site as posted online at the beginning of 1999. In Apr. 1999, the site was replaced with a one-page statement announcing God's judgement:

God has commanded us by revelation to cease our labors of preaching and warning to errant Israel and the nations of the earth. The day has now arrived that God has shut the mouths of His servants and will begin to do His own work of rendering judgment and calamity upon the wicked and ungodly. In the days of Noah, the time arrived that Noah ceased his warnings and exhortations to a wicked generation and boarded the Ark. It is now time for the rains of destruction to begin to consume the nations of the earth. We pray for the Elect who have been slow to hear, that they will be spared and delivered when the great day of the Almighty punishes the wicked and rebellious.
"But as it was in the days of Noah, so it shall be also at the coming of the Son of Man. For it shall be with them as it was in the days which were before the flood; for until the day that Noah entered into the ark, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, and knew not until the flood came and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be." (JST Matthew 24:44-45)

"And after your testimony cometh wrath and indignation upon the people. For after your testimony cometh the testimony of earthquakes, that shall cause groanings in the midst of her, and men shall fall upon the ground and shall not be able to stand. And also cometh the testimony of the voice of thunderings, and the voice of lightnings, and the voice of tempests, and the voice of the waves of the sea heaving themselves beyond their bounds and all things shall be in commotion; and surely, men's hearts shall fail them; for fear shall come upon all people." (Doctrine and Covenants Section 88:88-90)

"Do you think there is calamity abroad now among the people?" Not much. All we have yet heard and all we have experienced is scarcely a preface to the sermon that is going to be preached. When the testimony of the Elders ceases to be given, and the Lord says to them, "Come home; I will now preach my own sermons to the nations of the earth," all you now know can scarcely be called a preface to the sermon that will be preached with fire and sword, tempests, earthquakes, hail, rain, thunders and lightnings, and fearful destruction. What matters the destruction of a few railway cars? You will hear of magnificent cities, now idolized by the people, sinking in the earth, entombing the inhabitants. The sea will heave itself beyond its bounds, engulphing mighty cities. Famine will spread over the nations, and nation will rise up against nation, kingdom against kingdom, and states against states, in our own country and in foreign lands; and they will destroy each other, caring not for the blood and lives of their neighbours, of their families, or for their own lives. They will be like the Jaredites who preceded the Nephites upon this continent, and will destroy each other to the last man, through the anger that the Devil will place in their hearts, because they have rejected the words of life and are given over to Satan to do whatever he listeth to do with them. You may think that the little you hear of now is grievous; yet the faithful of God's people will see days that will cause them to close their eyes because of the sorrow that will come upon the wicked nations." (Brigham Young, sermon given in Salt Lake City, July 15, 1860. Journal of Discourses, Volume 8, begin page 121)

" Behold, and lo, there are none to deliver you; for ye obeyed not my voice when I called to you out of the heavens; ye believed not my servants, and when they were sent unto you ye received them not. Wherefore, they sealed up the testimony and bound up the law, and ye were delivered over unto darkness. These shall go away into outer darkness, where there is weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth. Behold the Lord your God hath spoken it. Amen." (Doctrine and Covenants Section 133:71-74)
Individuals who are truly seeking Zion and who are willing to sacrifice the ways of this world are invited to E-mail or write us. Sincere seekers will not be turned away and will be communicated with on an individual basis.

Truth

Truth, The

See Two-by-Twos - a group that sometimes goes by this name.

Christian Truthquest Instituteoffsite

In July, 1999, this evangelical Christian discernment ministry became part of Watchman Fellowship. Headed by Everett Shropshire and John Morehead.

5635 Douglas Blvd.
Granite Bay, Ca
P.O. Box 227
Loomis, Ca
Tel: 916- 652-7804
Email: tqi@quicknet.com
Back To Top

Christian Truthquest Journal

This quarterly, publishes by the former Truthquest Institute has been replaced with Watchman Fellowship's Watchman Expositor.

Turner Diaries, The

Tvind

Twelve Steps

Programs like Alcoholics Anonymous.

- News Database -   » About this News Archive
(Apr. 24, 1999) 12 Steps, Christian Style

Non-Christian Twelve Tribes

Christian Twisted Scripturesoffsite

"Mary Alice Chrnalogar, an internationally renowned deprogrammer, reveals how classic mind control techniques are used to systematically seduce followers into total obedience."
Back To Top

Aberrational, Heretical, Heterodox, Suborthodox or Unorthodox Two-by-twos

 referral See this page
Back To Top


Looking for more information?
Home | How To Use | About | Contact