Why So Many Gods?

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This book covers over 100 world religions, secular worldviews, cults, and occult practices from a Christian viewpoint with tolerance and civility. It tells the basic beliefs, short history, important aspects, and it identifies the religions in pop culture-all in a teen-magazine style of writing. The goal of this book is to educate teens to be...

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Overview

Did you watch The Matrix and think it had to be something more than just an action flick? Do you wonder what Madonna's henna tattoos mean?

This book covers over 100 world religions, secular worldviews, cults, and occult practices from a Christian viewpoint with tolerance and civility. It tells the basic beliefs, short history, important aspects, and it identifies the religions in pop culture-all in a teen-magazine style of writing. The goal of this book is to educate teens to be able to identify the religions they come in contact with daily. All content has been reviewed by experts in Christian theology.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780785247630
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Baker is a best-selling, award-winning author who has written or contributed to numerous youthworker and student books, including three Gold Medallion finalists. His student books include Witnessing 101, Extreme Faith, and Why So Many Gods?. He's a 13-year youth ministry veteran, and the Student Ministries pastor at Hope Fellowship in Longview Texas. He and his wife Jacqui have three children.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2006

    Never judge a book by it's cover.

    I'm really glad I borrowed this book from a friend instead of paying for it. By looking at the cover this book appears to be a teen level discourse on world religions. Get just a page into it however (assuming the first pages haven't fallen out due to the poor quailty binding) and if you don't immediately realize what a vile form of propiganda this book is I pity you for your ignorance. Much of the 'information' provided on other religions is twisted, pulled out of context, or completely false. For someone wanting to honestly learn more about world religions this book is completely worthless. The non-christian religions covered in this text are insulted, mocked, lied about and generally treated with ignorance and a sense of mindless Christian superority, making this book insulting not only to those who practice those religions but also to anyone who follows the treachings of wisdom and compassion spoken by Jesus Christ. All in all it would probably be better if this book did not exist. As it is though, please don't cheat yourself by buying it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2004

    What's the Trick? If you don't believe in Jesus, your religion loses!

    This book is absolutely great -- IF you believe in Christianity and especially if you want to convert people to that religion. And its definition of 'Christians' is Protestants and Catholics. I wonder why the Eastern Orthodox faith, the oldest of all Christian faiths, was excluded? As a Muslim I was naturally interested in looking up what they had to say about my religion. Under the mainstream Islam section they claimed that Allah is a 'harsh God' who 'judges people' and that people can never get to 'know' Him the way people can know God through Jesus. Then they have a section on the Taliban and under 'vocabulary' they included the words 'jihad' and 'fatwa.' They defined 'jihad' as 'holy war,' which is misleading as it means 'effort' or 'struggle' and can refer to practicing the basic tenets of the faith such as prayer, almsgiving and basic self-restraint. They claim that a 'fatwa' is an opinion (which it is), but that 'it can also become a bounty on someone's head (as in the case of Salman Rushdie).' This is incorrect as Khomeini exceeded his authority in issuing the fatwa on Rushdie in 1989. When you read this book you come to the inescapable conclusion that, if you're a Christian, you win, but if not, you lose. I'd say the book is a great propaganda tool that will be employed by evangelicals so as to try and 'disprove' the validity of any and all other faiths. Believe me, it's a book with an attitude.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2014

    I remember reading this in middle school and it is, to this day,

    I remember reading this in middle school and it is, to this day, one of the funniest things I have ever seen. No, seriously. Here, let me synopsize it: Things are different from (Protestant and orthodox Catholic) Christianity, ergo here are some half-assed reasons why they are bad.' Oh. And we can't forget the other 'worldiews'. In this book you'll find out how things like "Heavy Metal', 'Magic the Gathering', and 'Dungeons and Dragons' alongside everything an aging pastor thought was trendy and relevant to kids in 1995 are Satanic plots. I don't care what your religious background is, pick this book up. I mean, don't buy this new. Don't give the author money, but pick it up used if you can find it. The child-like ignorance of literally everything that would feel out of place in an episode of Ozzie and Harriet is nothing short of beautiful.   Bless you Tim Baker. Bless you Kim Etue. Your work of completely unintentional comedy still has the power to make me laugh fifteen years after first picking up your book.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2009

    horrible

    it is not a very educational book at all. it gives false information on multiple religons. it is very biased and noy very infromative at all. i don't recomend reading this book unless you wanted something good to burn or have money to waste. if you truly want to learn about differnt religons go to religoustolerance.com or even wikipedia because there not as biased as this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2008

    Great book

    This book is a great resource for Christians who want to know what other religions teach. Also explains well what a cult is. Many people will be surprised to find out that there are many cults out there & how much influence they have in America. This book will open people's eyes to the dangers of not having a close relationship with Jesus and worshipping Him as the one true God. It is great for witnessing to people. We need to know what we stand for and how to tell others about Jesus. Some people will be upset that their religion is uncovered as false. But if you stand for Jesus you will be hated at times by others. I love this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2008

    Must Read for Yourself!!!!!!!

    I love this book. It is great not only for the youth but for adults as well. I believe that it is very accurate based on research available. I feel that every person should read this so that they can make Informed decisions regarding faith. It is also a wonderful tool to show teens and impressionable people the dangers in the world today. I hope everyone looks at this book. I believe it will enrich you regardless if your a Christian or not. Enjoy, very informative!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2006

    Wonderful and insightful

    I read this book and it made me realize of all the different religions we have in this world and what they're really all about. This also strengthened my faith in Christianity by seeing that it is the only religion that makes sense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2006

    Awesome Book!

    This book is so interesting! One day I just starting flipping through it and found myself not able to put it down. I learned so much about the different religions. I recommend this book to everyone!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2006

    A really good book for everyone to read!!

    I had a copy of this book not too long ago. It is a really interesting book to read. I let a cousin borrow it and now I am going to repurchase the book. I like how it shows what religions are out there and how to see them from a Christian veiw-point. I was amazed at how many religions are out there. I think that everyone can benefit from reading it. Maybe it can lead others to Christ. I recommend this book to others who are questioning their own religion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2004

    Simply Awesome

    This book gives us what we need to know without confusing us. Thats why it is simply awesome, because it has a simplicity to it that little children could understand. Instead of going into a thousand word essay on the religions, it lays the basics out for us to know. I love the book and am about to begin a class at our church using it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2004

    Easy to read and interesting

    When I first picked up this book I thought I wouldn't like it because it had a bia's of a Christian Slant and I wanted somthing objective. However being a Christian it really helped me to understand many other world religions and why they think the way they think. A good book if your curious about other religions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2003

    Awesome Witnessing Tool

    As a college student, I come across people of many different religions. This book helps so much in understanding where they are coming from so one can be a better witness to them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2003

    Wonderful for those who want to witness

    The youth ministry I am in is studying this book. It is a great tool for thoe who want to witness, because if you know about the person's religion that you are witnessing to, you will know how to approach them. This book gives great insight and is easy for teens to understand.

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    Posted November 27, 2008

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