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This review is from: The Kingdom of the Cults (Hardcover)Let's keep one thing straight: 'Kingdom of the Cults' was written by a biblical scholar, from the point of view of a fundamentalist Christian. If you don't care for a world view centered on the core beliefs of Christianity, you will abhor (and probably refuse even to read) this book.
If, however, you are a Christian thoroughly versed in scripture, or especially a Christian only beginning to be familiar with the Bible (and wanting to clearly understand the differences between Christianity and the other major world religions and quasi-'Christian' sects), or simply curious about Christianity (without an axe to grind), you will find this book totally engrossing.
The book is organized on a chapter by chapter basis, with each chapter centered on a particular world religion or cult. Thus, the reader can choose a particular religion or cult (such as Hinduism or Christian Science, among many others), and delve immediately into this author's insights on the underlying doctrines of each. Somewhat suprisingly (because it is so "Non-PC"), the author considers the three other major world religions (Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam) to be "cults." Even more suprisingly, the author patiently and thoroughly explores the doctrines undergirding these other epistemologies and compares them with Christian doctrine in a measured, methodical, and non-hysterical manner. The author thoroughly explains why these doctrines have failed in the past - and are currently failing - both in theory and practice. There is no "moral relativism" or "tolerance" in this approach.
From the perspective of Christian theology, the author illustrates why those who are earnest members of any one of the Kingdom of the Cults face certain eternal damnation. The book then, is a hard-nosed (and by virtue of this approach, fascinating) study of Biblical doctrine seen through comparison with the other major religious doctrines of the world. Those who are tired of fence-sitting, limp-wristed, warm and fuzzy expositions of "feel good" Christian doctrine will find this work arresting and engrossing. Others, who are simply trying to understand why Christians believe what they believe, get a no-holds-barred explanation. Kingdom of the Cults could have been leavened with a dash more charity but the author's emphasis is on scholarship, not proselytizing. And, as noted above, the author directs this work to a Christian audience.