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Dictionary of Cults, Sects, Religions and the Occult Hardcover – April 9, 1993

3.2 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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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.

About the Author

George A. Mather, an ordained minister, is the coeditor with Larry A. Nichols of The Dictionary of Cults, Sects, Religions and the Occult.;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.;Alvin J. Schmidt [Ph.D., University of Nebraska) retired in 1999 as professor of sociology at Illinois College. He has contributed to numerous journals and is the author of several books. He lives in Jacksonville, IL.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (April 9, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310531004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310531005
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,573,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The strongpoint of this dictionary is its extensive coverage of the hundreds of cults and sects that are around today. While it was impossible to cover all of them, the authors went to great pains to include all the the best known ones as well as some that enjoy less popularity.
Each article is written from a strong Christological viewpoint, includes an extensive list of primary and secondary resources for further investigation while still being immensly readable. Theological language is either explained or avoided making each synopsis easily understandable for the average layman.
Kingdom of the Cultsm move over, your repalcement is here.
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I purchased this book for my Kindle and I have been very pleased with the content, to the extent that I am able to read it. I do not recommend that customers purchase this book in Kindle format. Whole paragraphs are unintelligible. It's like sentences were chopped into four or five pieces and the pieces scattered throughout the paragraph. Also, some material is repeated and still scrambled. I highly recommend the book, but I strongly suggest you buy a hard copy.
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I love this reference book. Very insightful about many religions out there. Books tells of many of religions origins, history, etc. I really like having this book to refer to. Written from a Christian perspective.
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Schmidt, one of the author-editors, is an excellent writer and source. While a few years behind their recent edition, an excellent source on about every major religious and philosophical movement on the planet. Check out Schmidt's corpus libre, he is well worth it.
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Extremely difficult to look up a word or concept. Thus for example when I tried to find the Germanic god "Wotan," it took me considerable triangulation just to find the words or names starting with W. And when I finally got there, there was no entry for "Wotan"!
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It appears to be a good reference book it but it is difficult to 'navigate'. The table of contents will show "World Religions" but you can't see what individual religions it covers. Very frustrating. I would think the hard copy is better.
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I found the book itself well written and very informative. However, (at the time of this review) this Kindle version has no clickable table of contents, making this encyclopedia almost unusable. I spent way too much time trying to find the article on whatever NRM I need to read about. I certainly wish I had bought a physical copy.
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book with all kinds of definition very interesting
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