Top critical review
32 people found this helpful
A Wonderful Resource
on April 4, 2009
The Kingdom of the Occult is comprised of edited portions of Walter Martin's various lectures and writings as well commentary on Martin's work and original material by Rusche and Van Gorden. It offers an overview of the occult, ranging from Paganism to spiritual warfare with a lot in between. Each chapter follows a standard format. They all begin with a list of "quick facts," followed by introductions that serve as summaries of whatever particular practice is the focus of the chapter before moving into case studies from Walter Martin's experience with these various groups and practices. These are followed by a Scriptural responses and then the chapters are closed out with concluding remarks and a recommended resources list. The book is rounded out with two appendices, a 22 page bibliography, and a 19 page subject index.
As a reference book this is a wonderful resource. I wouldn't personally recommend reading it straight through as it can be somewhat tedious at times, but when a question arises concerning a certain occult practice or belief then this, I think, would be one of the first places to turn. The final chapter on evangelism is worth noting as the authors haven't lost sight of the fact that the most important reason to study the occult is to be able to offer help to those trapped in it; to be able to offer hope in something better, Jesus Christ.