The Challenge of the Cults and New Religions

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The Challenge of the Cults and New Religions
The Challenge of the Cults and New Religions book cover.jpg
Book cover, 2001 ed.
Author Ron Rhodes
Country United States
Language English
Subject Cults, New religious movements
Genre Non-fiction, Christian countercult movement
Publisher Zondervan
Publication date
September 1, 2001
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 400 pp
ISBN 978-0-310-23217-9

The Challenge of the Cults and New Religions: The Essential Guide to Their History, Their Doctrine, and Our Response is a Christian countercult 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.[1] The book includes a foreword by Lee Strobel, author of the book The Case for Christ.[2]


In a review, 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.[1]

The Challenge of the Cults and New Religions has been used as a reference work in college courses at Emmanuel Bible College,[3] Lincoln Christian College and Seminary,[4] and Valley Forge Christian College.[5]


  1. ^ a b Moryl, John (October 1, 2001). Library Journal. Yeshiva University, New York City: Reed Business Information, Inc. pp. Review, The Challenge of the Cults and New Religions. 
  2. ^ Rhodes, Ron (2001). The Challenge of the Cults and New Religions. Zondervan. pp. Foreword. ISBN 978-0-310-23217-9. 
  3. ^ GR212AA New Religions, Emmanuel Bible College, Winter Semester 2007, Anderson, Janice., retrieved 14-05-2007.
  4. ^ AP604, "Defending Christian Faith", PH487, "Philosophy of Religion", Lincoln Christian College and Seminary,
  5. ^ PHIB 631/THEB 628 Apologetics, Marino, Ph.D., Bruce R., Valley Forge Christian College, retrieved 14-05-2007

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