By Douglas E. Cowan
From Hare Krishna to the Latter-Day Saints, and from Jehovah's Witnesses to the recent Age, non secular pluralism in North American provides evangelical Protestantism with major demanding situations. stating more recent non secular teams cults, aberrant sects, and heretical religions, the Christian countercult circulation has warned that those teams symbolize a chance to society. In ^IBearing fake Witness?^R Cowan considers the Christian countercult as a complete, finding it in sociological viewpoint as an entity precise from the secular anti-cult. via his research, the writer argues that the first objective of the countercult stream is to augment and service the Christian worldview whilst it seems that threatened by means of the arrival of other non secular traditions. This precise research of the Christian countercult is helping clarify why conservative Christian responses to competing non secular hobbies have taken the shape that they have got as well as how these responses are carried out.
Unlike the anti-cult circulate, that's desirous about removal contributors from cults and returning them to their households, the Christian countercult circulation, in keeping with the writer, makes an attempt not just to take away cultists from the detrimental impacts of the cults to which they belong, but additionally 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 offers an old account of the stream and its current actions. because the upward push of latest spiritual events, the transforming into curiosity in religions imported from outdoor North the USA, and the broadening of the spiritual 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 important.
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Bearing False Witness?: An Introduction to the Christian Countercult by Douglas E. Cowan