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All articles in category Cults and other religions

Archbishop Deya’s ‘miracle-babies’

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November 2004
Cults and other religions

Archbishop Deya’s ‘miracle-babies’

In August this year, journalist John Waite brought to public notice an alarming practice carried out in the name of Christ. It should be a major concern for all Christians, particularly those working with believers who know the pain of infertility.The practice is the supply of so-called ‘miracle-babies’ by Kenyan Archbishop Gilbert Deya, who…

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The Immaculate Conception – drama, dogma and disaster

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November 2004
Cults and other religions

The Immaculate Conception – drama, dogma and disaster

The Roman Catholic world is preparing to commemorate the promulgation of 'The Immaculate Conception' of Mary 150 years ago. Much has taken place already to celebrate this event and the climax is expected on 8 December 2004.Worship of Mary, the mother of Jesus, is standard practice in the Church of Rome. A Catechism of…

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Eastern Orthodoxy

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July 2004
Cults and other religions

Eastern Orthodoxy

.  Understanding the Incarnationby William J. BaldwinThe Orthodox misunderstand the purpose and nature of the Incarnation. The Incarnation does not repeal the second commandment - it establishes it. When Hebrews calls Christ 'the exact representation of [God's] nature' it does so in the context of the uniqueness of Christ. God has spoken to us…

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Eastern Orthodoxy

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June 2004
Cults and other religions

Eastern Orthodoxy

Eastern Orthodoxy is self-consciously connected to the past. Its proponents pride themselves on their distinction from modern, rootless Evangelicals who neither have, nor seem to want, a doctrinal connection with the historic church.Williams and Anstall make a typical comment: 'Perhaps one of the most striking and unique things about Orthodox Christianity, especially in this…

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Concerning Cults

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April 2004
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults

Richard had a fear of getting caught up in a cult and being deceived. He was seeking God and 'truth' and there were lots of questions he wanted answered - but reliably and authoritatively. Surely, here was a 'church' which could help him.But he was also reassured by the word 'family'. Richard thought highly…

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Concerning Cults

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March 2004
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults

Conversations with Godby Eryl DaviesThe title sounds good. You may even think it is a reference to prayer. However, you should not be deceived. In subtle and blatant ways these 'conversations' contradict the divine teaching of the Bible.But why refer to them here? There are two reasons for doing so. First, these ‘conversations’ are…

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The new pagans

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February 2004
Cults and other religions

The new pagans

Pagans were the country folk ('pagan' means country dweller) who resisted organised religion and practised ancient rituals and ceremonies. Their pre-Christian religion could be described as animism - the belief that everything is alive with natural or supernatural spirits.The ancient pagans used magical enchantments, honoured a myriad of gods and goddesses, and lived close…

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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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Judeophobia

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February 2004
Cults and other religions

Judeophobia

A Christian leader once asked me if I 'liked Jews'? I thought it was a strange question to ask someone who is committed to sharing the love of Jesus with Jewish people, and I answered without hesitation, 'Of course I do'. He appeared surprised.'I found them to be the rudest boys in school', he…

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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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Baha’i

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November 2003
Cults and other religions

Baha’i

The Baha’i faith — to which the British weapons expert Dr David Kelly converted some four years ago — could hold a clue to his frame of mind before he committed suicide, a friend believes. Lord Hutton’s inquiry into the circumstances of his tragic death was told about the teachings of the faith and…

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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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