Most books on cults and/or new religions try to offer information about every single cult or new religion there is. The result is often a large, unwieldy book that is hard to handle, and even harder to find things in. And even then, the information is often superficial, with an impressive breadth of topics, but a rather unimpressive depth within each topic. This is true of many books about cults and new religions, but not all of them, and particularly not about The Challenge of the Cults and New Religions, by Ron Rhodes. He chose to focuse on the twelve most common cults/new religions, the ones most people are likely to interact with. Thus, he can offer a depth of information like few other books.
Rhodes begins by offering a definition of cults, and a description of why cults are growing so rapidly today. He devotes a chapter to each of the following cults/religions: the Mormons (the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, or LDS); the Jehovah's Witnesses; the Mind Sciences; the New Age movement; the Church of Scientology; Hindu-based cults; the Unification Church; the Bahá'í faith; Unitarian Universalism; Oneness Pentecostalism; Freemasonry; Satanism.
Rhodes offers information on the history and doctrine of each cult/new religion, so readers can place them in their historical and social context, and understand what makes them attractive to so many people. Then he offers an apologetic response to each cult/religion, in the hopes of helping people reach out to cultists with the good news of Christ.
Rhodes tried to avoid the sensational aspects of each cult, choosing, instead, to value the sincerity of cultists while lamenting the fact that their philosophies and beliefs are misguided. Wherever possible, Rhodes takes his information about a cult/new religion from the group's own definitive literature. Where a group claims inspiration from the Bible, Rhodes shows clearly and concisely how the group has twisted Scripture to fit their ideas and goals.
Overall, Rhodes offers one of the best new looks at cults and new religions. His love and concern for cultists is clearly evident; his ultimate goal is to offer those in a cult or new religion a way out, to offer them Jesus as a better alternative. After reading this book, you can join him in that task, and you can begin to meet The Challenge of the Cults and New Religions.
Cults and New Religions Arent Hard to Find Theyre in your neighborhood . . . your workplace . . . your school . . . maybe even your family. Cults are flourishing across America. Chances are, youve encountered one, perhaps even know someone who is involved in a cult. Can you discuss knowledgably the critical differences between Christianity and the teachings of Mormonism, Jehovahs Witnesses, Scientology, the New Age movement, Hindu-based cults, and other prominent groups and religious movements? In this essential resource, preeminent cult authority Ron Rhodes explains what cults are, why they are cause for concern, and why in the 21st century, as never before, their numbers and memberships are exploding nationally and worldwide. Drawing on his extensive experience as a cult researcher, Rhodes offers to-the-point, cutting-edge information on twelve major cults and new religions: Mormonism Jehovahs Witnesses Mind Sciences New Age Movement Church of Scientology Hindu-based Cults Unification Church Bahai Faith Unitarian Universalism Oneness Pentecostalism Masonic Lodge Satanism Learning the distinctives of these groups will equip you to deal with any of the thousands of other less significant cults you may encounter. The Challenge of the Cults and New Religion includes Color photos Scripture Index Subject Index Glossary Bibliography And your resources dont end at the last page. You can supplement your knowledge whenever you choose by visiting the authors Web site at www.ronrhodes.org for free, thorough, up-to-the-minute information on each cult discussed in the book. If youre concerned for the temporal and eternal welfare of others, The Challenge of the Cults is a must. It will help you confront the deception of false Christs and lying doctrines with the clear, well-grounded truth of biblical Christianity.
Ron Rhodes (ThD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is the president of Reasoning from the Scriptures Ministries. He is the author of eighteen books, including two Silver Medallion Award winners. He is heard nationwide on radio.