Paganism has been around for a long time, always on the fringes of society and culture. However, in recent decades it has been observed slowly seeping into the mainstream, from environmentalism to business training seminars, from modern styles of 'magic' like wicca to the legend of Atlantis. The real problem is that small elements of paganism are getting more socially acceptable and creating a foundation that pagans are building on - a foundation that is competing with the Christian foundations of many societies worldwide. The Rise of Paganism delineates the strains of this modern uprising by delving into the history of paganism and outlining the Christian arguments against any form of paganism. Upholding the authority of Scripture, Skinner shines light on this counter-cultural movement that deceives many people with promises contrary to the Word of God.
Jonathan Skinner, who formerly worked for the UCCF, is currently one of the ministers of Widcombe Baptist Church, Bath, England. He is a journalist and has a BSc in biochemistry. He has taught science, worked among students and discusses questions of science and faith. He is married with four children. He is also the author of The Edge Of Known Reality And Beyond.
'We welcome this important book by a Baptist pastor in Bath, which examines the resurgence, power and nature of paganism and the occult. A timely and very relevant publication.'
Ulster Bulwark (July-September 2007)
'This is a balanced book, with well-researched facts, without needless sensationalism, with much thoughtful and perceptive analysis. It is also, surprisingly, an encouraging book, for as Skinner points out, paganism is a familiar foe, which Christianity has defeated in the past. Furthermore this new interest in spirituality gives us new opportunities for sharing the gospel. Christians will find this book enlightening; it could also usefully be given to the intelligent pagan.'
Grace Magazine (July 2007)
'This is a book all Christians should read in our increasingly deceptive society.'
The Gospel Magazine (November-December 2007)
'In terms of substance, the author has read widely in the subject and the book is very informative, a useful resource especially for Christians who may be dealing with people dabbling in, or in the clutches of, some form of paganism'.
The Banner of Truth Magazine - November 2007
'Some may feel that this is a subject unworthy of study. All believers should be concerned about the resurgence of paganism. To worship the creation but to forget the Creator is both idolatry and a tragedy. Because of vast displays of 'new spiritual' books on offer, the average man is now increasingly aware of a spiritual dimension, is often fascinated by it, yet remains utterly confused and lost. There are many seekers these days. This may be a God given opportunity to reach them. As it is essential to be informed, this book will prove valuable'.
Peace and Truth Magazine, January 2008
Cataclysmic changes are occurring in our society and at a rate that is astounding. The religious and spiritual outlook of our generation is undergoing seismic shifts that would have been undreamt of a few decades ago. People are becoming spiritually hungry, but instead of looking in the direction of Christianity, or indeed even the major religions of the world, they are delving in areas almost unknown for at least one, if not two, thousand years. Citizens of the Western World are revisiting paganism and in phenomenal numbers. This book examines its comeback.
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