The Challenge of the Cults and New Religions
|The Challenge of the Cults and New Religions|
Book cover, 2001 ed.
|Subject||Cults, New religious movements|
|September 1, 2001|
|Media type||Print (Hardback)|
The Challenge of the Cults and New Religions: The Essential Guide to Their History, Their Doctrine, and Our Response is a non-fiction book on cults and new religious movements, written by Ron Rhodes, Ph.D. The book was published by Zondervan on September 1, 2001. The book defines cults and new religions by examining case studies of twelve groups chosen by Rhodes. The book includes a foreword by Lee Strobel, author of the book The Case for Christ.
In his review of the work, John Moryl writes that the book addresses the topic of cults from the viewpoint of an evangelical Christian. Moryl questioned Rhodes' inclusion of certain groups in the book, including the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Jehovah's Witnesses, Unitarian Universalism, and Freemasonry, and attributed this to a unique evangelical perspective.
The Challenge of the Cults and New Religions has been used as a reference work in college courses at Emmanuel Bible College, Lincoln Christian College and Seminary, and Valley Forge Christian College.
Cited by secondary works
Strobel cites Rhodes's work in his book, Surviving a Spiritual Mismatch in Marriage, as does Saliba in his textbook, Understanding New Religious Movements, in his section on new religious movements in contemporary culture. The work is also cited by Walters' Off Center Off Course How Satans Lies Disrupt Christian Living, and by Douglas Cowan's Bearing False Witness?. The book was also cited by Velarde and Johnson in the Christian Research Journal, in describing what the authors refer to as a "revisionist line of thinking", with regard to new concepts put forth by Joseph Smith.
- Moryl, John (October 1, 2001). Library Journal. Yeshiva University, New York: Reed Business Information, Inc. pp. Review, The Challenge of the Cults and New Religions.
- Rhodes, Ron (2001). The Challenge of the Cults and New Religions. Zondervan. pp. Foreword. ISBN 978-0-310-23217-9.
- GR212AA New Religions, Emmanuel Bible College, Winter Semester 2007, Anderson, Janice., retrieved 14-05-2007.
- AP604, "Defending Christian Faith", PH487, "Philosophy of Religion", Lincoln Christian College and Seminary,
- PHIB 631/THEB 628 Apologetics, Marino, Ph.D., Bruce R., Valley Forge Christian College, retrieved 14-05-2007
- Strobel, Lee (2002). Surviving a Spiritual Mismatch in Marriage. Zondervan. pp. 148, 230. ISBN 0-310-22014-9 , ISBN 978-0-310-22014-5 Check
- Saliba, John A.; J. Gordon Melton (2003). Understanding New Religious Movements. Rowman Altamira. p. 39. ISBN 0-7591-0356-9.
- Walters, Richard P. Off Center Off Course How Satans Lies Disrupt Christian Living. High Ground Press. p. 203. ISBN 0-9754045-5-5.
- Cowan, Douglas (2003). Bearing False Witness?. Praeger/Greenwood. pp. 103, 213, 235, 241. ISBN 0-275-97459-6.
- Velarde, Robert; Eric Johnson (2005). "Are Mormons and Muslims Apples and Oranges?". Christian Research Journal (Christian Research Institute) 28 (4): 1–7.