To Serve Other Gods: An Evangelical History of Religion

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In this volume, Harbin addresses two main ideas in relation to the larger issue of the origin and development of religion. First is the issue of historicity of key events in the founding of major religions. The author specifically addresses the exodus and the resurrection of Judaism and Christianity, respectively, as the historical foundations of those beliefs, and the lack of such historical events in "all" other world religions. Secondly, Harbin explores the virtually universal observation of a "primitive high God" present in various cultures throughout the world, suggesting an early monotheism. In the process of these explorations, the author repudiates the prevalent view that religion evolved from a primitive polytheism to the " higher revealed" religions, and demonstrates instead that it evolved from an early monotheism into increasingly complex polytheisms. Contents: EARLY RELIGION; The Source; Polytheism Runs Rampant; THE SURVIVAL OF MONOTHEISM; The World's Old Organized Religion: Judaism; Hope Fulfilled: Christianity; THAT TRAGIC CENTURY; Avoiding Death by Dying; Under the Bohdi Tree: Buddhism; Mystics Galore: Other Eastern Religions; REVELATIONS OF ANGELS AND MEN; The Step Brother Resurgent: Islam; New Gods or Old?: Modern Religious Movements; The Right Road or a Rabbit Trail?

Author Biography: Michael A. Harbin is Visiting Professor of Biblical Studies at Taylor University in Indiana.

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Editorial Reviews

Winfried Corduan
Well done! This book cuts through the fluff of empty relativistic phrases. I recommend it for collateral reading.
Richard Rood
A concise and fair description of the historical development of religions, from a conservative evangelical Christian viewpoint. His thesis that religion has degenerated from an original monotheism is adequately supported.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819197177
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 12/30/2001
  • Pages: 358
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael A. Harbin is Visiting Professor of Biblical Studies at Taylor University in Indiana.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Early Religion 1
1 The Beginnings 5
2 The Source 13
3 Polytheism Runs Rampant 25
Pt. II The Survival of Monotheism 45
4 The World's Old Organized Religion: Judaism 49
5 Hope Fulfilled: Christianity 71
Pt. III That Tragic Century 95
6 Avoiding Death By Dying: Hinduism 99
7 Under The Bodhi Tree: Buddhism 121
8 Mystics Galore: Other Eastern Religions 143
Pt. IV Revelations Of Angels And Men 163
9 The Step Brother Resurgent: Islam 167
10 New Gods Or Old?: Modern Religious Movements 187
11 The Right Road Or A Rabbit Trail? 217
Bibliography 237
Scripture Index 271
Subject Index 279
About the Author 341
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