This fascinating, highly readable book provides a comprehensive survey of all the major alternative religions in the United States. It features interviews with key cult members and scholars, and it takes you inside such places as the Christian Science Headquarters in Boston, the Hare Krishna Golden Temple in West Virginia, and other cult centers.
A comprehensive survey of major alternative religions in the United States, including new groups since the 1960s Crystals, shamans, guided imagery, healing meditationwhy have these New Age practices been so eagerly accepted by so many North Americans? Why were Mormonism, Christian Science, and Bahai so warmly welcomed earlier? Another Gospel explains how these and other alternative religious movements appear to meet peoples needs. Ruth Tuckers overview illumines the personalities whose alleged revelations spawned historical heresies in all the major cults in the United States. She highlights important controversies within each movement as it aims for religious respectability. She pinpoints how the doctrines and practices of a dozen contemporary groupsas well as the New Age Movementdeviate from orthodox Christianity and shows how to reach out to cult members. Appendices describe lesser-known cults, such as Swedenborgianism and Rosicrucianism, and provide cults statements of belief.
Ruth A. Tucker (PhD, Northern Illinois University) has taught mission studies and church history at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Calvin Theological Seminary. She is the author of dozens of articles and eighteen books, including the award-winning From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya. Visit her website at www.RuthTucker.com.
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