Another Gospel: Cults, Alternative Religions, and the New Age Movement

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HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Apr 2, 2004 - Religion - 464 pages
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A comprehensive survey of major alternative religions in the United States, including new groups since the 1960s Crystals, shamans, guided imagery, healing meditation--why have these New Age practices been so eagerly accepted by so many North Americans? Why were Mormonism, Christian Science, and Baha'i so warmly welcomed earlier? Another Gospel explains how these and other alternative religious movements appear to meet people's needs. Ruth Tucker's overview illumines the personalities whose alleged revelations spawned historical heresies in all the major cults in the United States. She highlights important controversies within each movement as it aims for religious respectability. She pinpoints how the doctrines and practices of a dozen contemporary groups--as well as the New Age Movement--deviate from orthodox Christianity and shows how to reach out to cult members. Appendices describe lesser-known cults, such as Swedenborgianism and Rosicrucianism, and provide cults' statements of belief.

 

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Contents

Preface
9
UNORTHODOX MOVEMENTS
31
THE LEGACY OF JOSEPH SMITH
49
ESCHATOLOGICAL CONFUSION
93
A RELIGION OF PROTEST
117
A DENIAL OF THE MATERIAL WORLD
149
HEALTH AND HAPPINESS
177
REINTERPRETING
191
DENYING THE DEITY
217
EVANGELISM AND SEX PERVERSION
231
PROCLAIMING A NEW MESSIAH
245
TRANSPLANTED HINDUISM
267
A PEACE AND UNITY MOVEMENT OUT OF ISLAM
285
MINDALTERING PSEUDOPSYCHOLOGY
299
THE OCCULT MADE
319
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Ruth A. Tucker (PhD, Northern Illinois University) has taught mission studies and church history at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Calvin Theological Seminary. She is the author of dozens of articles and eighteen books, including the award-winning From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya . Visit her website at www.RuthTucker.com.

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