From the Back Cover
The Dictionary of Cults, Sects, Religions and the Occult is probably the most significant reference book on the subject to be published in recent decades. In addition to traditional, well-known groups such as Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, Islam, and Baha'i, the Dictionary of Cults, Sects, Religions and the Occult deals with groups that are not yet well-known but are making strong inroads in North America, such as Santeria, Rastafarians, Haitian Voodoo, white supremacy groups, and Satanism. The authors evaluate the beliefs and practices of each group from the perspective of the Bible and the historic creeds of the Christian church. Numerous short articles about people, places, and concepts provide brief definitions and descriptions. These articles are cross-referenced to the major in-depth articles that deal with the history, beliefs, and demography of each cult, sect, or religion. The book contains many illustrations and charts and includes an up-to-date bibliography for each of the groups and movements.
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About the Author
Larry A. Nichols is the pastor of Our Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church in Greenville, Rhode Island. He is coauthor of 'Masonic Lodge' in the Zondervan Guide to Cults and Religious Movements.
George A. Mather is the pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in St. George, Utah, and is the coauthor of Encyclopedia Dictionary of Cults, Sects, and World Religions.
Alvin J. Schmidt (PhD, University of Nebraska) retired in 1999 as professor of sociology at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois, where he still lives. He is the author of several books, including The Great Divide: The Failure of Islam and the Triumph of the West, and served as a consulting editor for Dictionary of Cults, Sects, Religions and the Occult. SPANISH BIO: Doctor en filosofia de la Universidad de Nebraska, se retiro en 1999 como profesor de sociologia del Colegio de Illinois en Jacksonville, Illinois. Ha contribuido en numerosas publicaciones y es autor de varios libros. Tambien fue editor para consultas de Diccionario de cultos, sectas, religiones y lo oculto.