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The Kingdom of the Cults [Hardcover]

Walter Martin
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1 Oct 2003
Since the first edition was published in 1965, The Kingdom of the Cults has been the authoritative reference work on major cult systems. Updated regularly, it continues to be a crucial tool in countercult ministry and evangelism for teachers and pastors as well as lay Christians. Scholarly yet readable and engaging, the book evaluates the major cults’ histories and beliefs, showing how each one’s teachings contrast with true biblical theology.
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  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group; Rev., Updated, and Expanded Ed edition (1 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764228218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764228216
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.4 x 5.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 382,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerfully Researched, Updated Analysis 25 Feb 2005
Anyone engaged in something more than a casual interest in apologetics will discover an incredible value in Walter Martin's classic "The Kingdom of the Cults." This updated edition is similar in structure as earlier editions, but fairly acknowledges major changes in theology and activity in various religious groups. Intended for the thinking Christian and the open-minded nonChristian, Martin's book has continually challenged people to rely on Scripture for their theology.
This is an unusual book in that it is neither an evangelical or fundamentalism critique of those who disagree, but a deeper look at the histories, documents, arguments at groups in opposition to orthodoxy. I first read this skeptically, but was impressed by the immense research by Martin and his team of editors.
There is a dual functionality to "The Kingdom of the Cults." Not only does it explain the distinctives of groups such as the Jehovah Witnesses and the Church of the Latter Day Saints, but in doing so, it teaches Scriptural fundamentals of the Trinity, the deity of Christ, and provides direction for testing our own faith with the Bible. Martin's exposure of what the groups themselves are claiming will disturb many within the group as they discover the truth. He is quick to grant the strengths of a group, but points them to Scripture to make their own comparisons (as opposed to relying on Martin's views). He prefers the reader to think for himself, not content to depend on his book, or any other book but the Bible. This balance is rare in Christian literature, and a value in reading "The Kingdom of the Cults."
Martin provides a meaty analysis of all the major groups, as well as primary lines of thought within Protestant perspectives, and Roman Catholicism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent reference work 18 Nov 2002
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An excellent book! Gives the histories and theological backgrounds of major cults and some Eastern religions, and then compares them with evangelical Christian theology. Interesting reading, undoubtedly useful if ever you meet or have to discuss beliefs with cultists. On the side, you get a good overview of Biblical Christian doctrine (as he compares cult doctrine to it throughout the book). Highly, highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding compilation of information 21 Oct 2001
I was really knocked out by this book. It is concise and easy to read/understand. I wanted to know the basics about other religions in order to speak intelligently in defense of my own Christian faith when challenged on the issue of "why not another religion?" This book gives you the basic and pertinent facts about each cult it covers. A powerful resource for any Christian, or any one looking into the world's religions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 26 April 2012
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This is an excellent resource when debating members of cults. Very well written and i would highly recommend this book, especially for the sections Jehovah's Witnesses and Seventh Day Adventists.
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