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Eryl Davies is an elder at Heath Evangelical Church, Cardiff and is a consulting editor of the Evangelical Magazine.

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Concerning Cults

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February 2004
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults

Mormon Fundamentalists (3)Do Dan Lafferty and Osama bin Laden have anything in common? 'I've asked myself that', Dan acknowledges. In prison with his brother Ron for the gruesome murder of their sister-in-law and her baby, Dan is reflective but unrepentant.'Is that what I'm like?' His personal answer is an emphatic 'No'. His reasons? The…

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Concerning Cults-Mormon Fundamentalists

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January 2004
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults-Mormon Fundamentalists

A story of two parts - polygamy and violence. That is, in a nutshell, the story of Mormon Fundamentalism (MF). After considering polygamy in the last article, we now attempt to understand MF violence in its contemporary expression.I continue outlining the story of Dan Lafferty and his brothers in order to identify some of…

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Concerning Cults – Mormon Fundamentalists (1)

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November 2003
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults – Mormon Fundamentalists (1)

What does Osama bin Laden have in common with Jim Jones, David Koresh, Shoko Asahara and Dan Lafferty? To begin with, they are all deeply religious. They are also extremists of one kind or another who have devoted themselves to the zealous pursuit of their religious ideals.Furthermore, these people have in common the use…

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Concerning Cults – The Raëlian Movement

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October 2003
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults – The Raëlian Movement

On the Continent, and in France especially, Claude Vorilhon is well known. For one thing, he was a former French racing driver and sports magazine editor. During the 1980s and 1990s, Vorilhon travelled extensively in order to race in his Mazda RX 7 Turbo.What made him even better known, however, was an experience he…

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Concerning cults – Mormonism (2)

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September 2003
Cults and other religions

Concerning cults – Mormonism (2)

Iam continuing my review of The new Mormon challenge (Francis J. Beckwith, Carl Mosser, Paul Owen: general editors, Zondervan, 2002), a new book by evangelical Christians which responds to the latest apologetic writings of Mormonism.The book is valuable in explaining and describing how the movement is now promoting and defending its message worldwide.While the…

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Concerning Cults-Mormons   Part 1

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July 2003
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults-Mormons Part 1

The facts are staggering and we need to be aware of them. I am referring to the Mormons or, officially, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.Did you know, for example, that there are now over eleven million Mormons worldwide? Each year they win more than 310,000 converts. What is disturbing is that…

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Concerning Cults-Light in the Worldwide Church of God

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June 2003
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults-Light in the Worldwide Church of God

'Never before in the history of Christianity', writes Ruth Tucker of Calvin Theological Seminary, 'has there been such a complete move to orthodox Christianity by an unorthodox fringe church'.Eddie Gibbs, professor in Fuller Theological Seminary, claims, 'The transformation of WCG represents a unique phenomenon in church history'. An exaggeration? Possibly, but the change is…

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