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 recent Age, spiritual pluralism in North American offers evangelical Protestantism with major demanding situations. mentioning more moderen non secular teams cults, aberrant sects, and heretical religions, the Christian countercult circulate has warned that those teams characterize a risk to society. In ^IBearing fake Witness?^R Cowan considers the Christian countercult as a complete, finding it in sociological point of view as an entity certain from the secular anti-cult. via his research, the writer argues that the first function of the countercult stream is to augment and service the Christian worldview while apparently threatened through the arrival of different non secular traditions. This distinctive research of the Christian countercult is helping clarify why conservative Christian responses to competing non secular pursuits have taken the shape that they have got as well as how these responses are carried out.Unlike the anti-cult circulation, that is inquisitive about elimination participants from cults and returning them to their households, the Christian countercult move, based on the writer, makes an attempt not just to take away cultists from the unfavorable impacts of the cults to which they belong, but in addition to insure that they are going to subscribe to the actual model of Christianity adhered to through the countercultists themselves. starting with the countercult's early historical past, the writer presents an ancient account of the move and its current actions. because the upward push of latest spiritual hobbies, the growing to be curiosity in religions imported from open air North the US, and the broadening of the non secular market 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 vital.

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At the end of that book, he concludes that “in spite of apparently wide differences among the many cults, beneath the surface they all rest on a common foundation: the four lies Satan used to trick Eve. . Satan is the author of every cult and false religion, and his imprint is clearly seen on them all” (Hunt 1980: 239; for similar statements, see Hunt 1983, 1996, 1998; Hunt and McMahon 1988). Indeed, Hunt suggests that one of the reasons Satan exists is to provide these alternative spiritual choices; those whom God has created must make a conscious decision to worship God.

Giambalvo 1995; Hassan 1990, 2000; Shupe and Darnell 2000, 2001; Singer and Lalich 1995; Tobias and Lalich 1994),3 extraction and reintegration into the dominant society remain the anticult’s primary goals. The countercult’s objective, on the other hand, is not merely to effect the exit of the individual from the group in question. This accomplishes only half the mission. Salvation—both literal and metaphorical—is not achieved until the individual converts to evangelical Christianity. Where the anticult seeks to effect exit, the countercult seeks migration.

Implicit in the claim to the Bible’s inerrancy are a number of derivative claims: (1) that the interpretation of the Bible offered by the countercult is the correct interpretation; (2) that interpretations offered by religious groups under consideration, in so far as these occur, are incorrect; and often, (3) that proof of the latter necessarily demonstrates the truth of the former. 3 Martin, on the other hand, contends that Christians “must be prepared to defend the claims of Scripture interpreted by the Holy Spirit” (1985: 407).

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