Another Gospel: Cults, Alternative Religions, and the New Age Movement

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A comprehensive survey of major alternative religions in the United States, including new groups since the 1960s

Crystals, shamans, guided imagery, healing meditation—why have these New Age practices been so eagerly accepted by so many North Americans? Why were Mormonism, Christian Science, and Baha’i so warmly welcomed earlier?

Another Gospel explains how these and other alternative religious movements appear to meet people’s needs. Ruth ...

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Overview

A comprehensive survey of major alternative religions in the United States, including new groups since the 1960s

Crystals, shamans, guided imagery, healing meditation—why have these New Age practices been so eagerly accepted by so many North Americans? Why were Mormonism, Christian Science, and Baha’i so warmly welcomed earlier?

Another Gospel explains how these and other alternative religious movements appear to meet people’s needs. Ruth Tucker’s 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 groups—as well as the New Age Movement—deviate 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310259374
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 1,417,012
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Preface 9
Introduction 11
1 Cults, Sects, Denominations, World Religions: Definition of Terms 15
2 Historical Heresy: Unorthodox Movements of Past Centuries 31
3 Mormonism: The Legacy of Joseph Smith 49
4 Seventh-Day Adventism: Eschatological Confusion 93
5 Jehovah's Witnesses: A Religion of Protest 117
6 Christian Science: A Denial of the Material World 149
7 New Thought and Unity: Health and Happiness 177
8 The Worldwide Church of God: Reinterpreting Israel and the Law 191
9 The Way International: Denying the Deity of Christ 217
10 The Children of God: Evangelism and Sex Perversion 231
11 The Unification Church: Proclaiming a New Messiah 245
12 Hare Krishnas: Transplanted Hinduism 267
13 Baha'i: A Peace and Unity Movement Out of Islam 285
14 Scientology: Mind-Altering Pseudo-Psychology 299
15 The New Age Movement: The Occult Made Respectable 319
Appendix A Lesser-Known Cultic Movements 357
Appendix B Cultic Statements of Belief 389
Appendix C Major Tenets of Orthodox Christianity 399
Notes 407
Bibliography 433
Index 457
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