Tag: Books

Ai’s Apologetics Roundup

Ai's Apologetics Roundup is a compendium of blurbs and links to, for the most part, apologetics- and countercult related articles, news items and other research resources.

In this issue: JP Moreland on Apologetics; Douglas Groothuis: Does God Exist?; and Shane Rosenthal on challenges to the 21st Century Church: Moralistic Therapeutic Deism, Narcissism & Gnosticism

Jackie Alnor reports on The Church in the Marketplace, and Anthea Butler addresses Prosperity, Spiritual Warfare, and the "On-Demand" God.

Also: a scary cult of Christianity known as The Family or The Fellowship, and a look at some apologetics-related books.

Chapter 5: Abusive Churches Use Fear, Guilt, and Threats

Traditional evangelical churches value and respect individual differences. For the most part, they encourage people to become unique persons in their own right, not mere photocopies of someone else.

Authoritarian, manipulative fringe groups, on the other hand, encourage clones and promote cookie-cutter life-styles.

Flavil Yeakley, in his book The Discipling Dilemma, suggests that such groups value conformity, not diversity. "They tend to make people over after the image of a group leader, the group norm, or what the group regards as the ideal personality …. They are made to feel guilty for being what they are and inferior for not being what the group wants them to be."