Bearing False Witness?: An Introduction to the Christian by Douglas E. Cowan

By Douglas E. Cowan

From Hare Krishna to the Latter-Day Saints, and from Jehovah's Witnesses to the hot Age, non secular pluralism in North American offers evangelical Protestantism with major demanding situations. pointing out more moderen non secular teams cults, aberrant sects, and heretical religions, the Christian countercult flow has warned that those teams characterize a chance to society. In ^IBearing fake Witness?^R Cowan considers the Christian countercult as a complete, finding it in sociological standpoint as an entity specified from the secular anti-cult. via his research, the writer argues that the first function of the countercult move is to augment and service the Christian worldview while it seems that threatened through the arrival of different spiritual traditions. This certain research of the Christian countercult is helping clarify why conservative Christian responses to competing spiritual routine have taken the shape that they've as well as how these responses are carried out.Unlike the anti-cult flow, that is all for removal contributors from cults and returning them to their households, the Christian countercult stream, in line with the writer, makes an attempt not just to take away cultists from the unfavourable impacts of the cults to which they belong, but in addition to insure that they are going to sign up for the actual model of Christianity adhered to via the countercultists themselves. starting with the countercult's early background, the writer offers an ancient account of the circulate and its current actions. because the upward push of recent non secular hobbies, the starting to be curiosity in religions imported from outdoors North the US, and the broadening of the spiritual industry keeps to develop, figuring out the Christian countercult and its presence as a countervailing strain to those more and more socioreligious dynamics turns into ever extra very important.

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Many countercult writers are highly critical of the anticult’s reliance on brainwashing and thought control and reject them as either useful definitions of or explanatory mechanisms for cultic involvement (see, for example, Gomes 1998; Groothuis 1986, 1988; Passantino and Passantino 1997). Writing in the fourth edition of The Kingdom of the Cults, for example, CRI California cofounder Gretchen Passantino critiques the anticult’s use of the mind-control model for similar reasons as put forth above.

Objective) authority. This proposition anchors the most common attribute of Christian countercult apologetics: that the Bible is the unique and external authority by which all other religious traditions, beliefs, and behavior must be measured and ultimately judged, an authority that is inerrant, infallible, and insuperable. , the doctrine of the Trinity), find their primary source in the Bible, not all streams of Christianity accord the Bible the same authority, nor locate their lived faith within the same hermeneutic framework.

At the macroscopic level, though, in many countries it is proactive, seeking to influence various levels of government about the appropriate response those bodies should take toward groups the anticult considers dangerous. In some countries, notably France, Germany, and Russia, the anticult lobby has met with not insignificant success (see, for example, Hexham and Poewe 1999; Introvigne 1998). The countercult, on the other hand, and again because of the explanations it posits for cultic behavior, is populated by conservative Christian theologians and apologists—both lay and professional.

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