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Concerning Cults The new spiritualities (3)

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March 2002
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults The new spiritualities (3)

It is a crucial and necessary question; ‘How do I know what is true or false?’ In my last two articles I proposed three criteria for answering the question with regard to new spiritualities.The criteria were ‘real revelation’, ‘relational revelation’ and ‘redemptive revelation’. A fourth criterion, namely, ‘restorative revelation’, is the theme of this…

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Concerning Cults

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February 2002
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults

The New Spiritualities (2)On a flight recently from Asia to London Heathrow, I found myself sitting by two strangers. One was an information technology expert.The other man, much more talkative, was the managing director of a successful local business near Glasgow. Married with young children, he enjoyed soccer, worked hard but was sceptical about…

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Islam – the world’s largest cult?

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February 2002
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Islam – the world’s largest cult?

The fruit of IslamOne sign of a cult is the way it keeps its adherents in the dark about other faiths. I doubt whether Muslims today know much about the message of Jesus and his gospel. They know only what they have been told by their religious teachers. How accurate would we expect this…

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January 2002
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Concerning Cults – The New Spiritualities

Today there is an unlimited choice of 'spiritualities' on offer. Some are traditional while others are new and attractively packaged. Nor is it necessary for individuals to confine themselves to one particular brand of spirituality. In fact, the mixing of spiritualities is encouraged; individuals are totally free to choose the mix and adapt the…

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January 2002
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Islam – the world’s largest cult?

Islam is rarely critiqued by journalists because it can be dangerous to do so. This has been less true since 11 September 2001 because people are interested in Islam and are searching for answers. However, it is still risky to write anything that may impugn Islam and especially the founder, Mohammed. This is one…

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November 2001
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Islam: a Reformed response

When the violence of Islam is criticised, the usual response by Muslims and others is: ‘What about the Crusades? Isn’t Christian history as bloody as Islamic history?’ However, such a comparison ignores a fundamental difference between the two religions and evades pertinent truth. While the crusades were a failure on the part of medieval…

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November 2001
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Atheism

The terrorist attacks in USA were carried out by men claiming a religious justification for their actions. In East Timor and Nigeria, ‘Muslim’ and ‘Christian’ communities are in conflict. In the Indian sub-continent, there is warlike confrontation between Hindus and Muslims. Is religion, then, a source of evil in the world? Would life be…

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November 2001
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Concerning Cults – A closer look (2)

Last month I began a closer evaluation of the theology of cults by using two criteria, namely, the reality of revelation and the relationality of revelation (God is revealed in relation to his creation). This month I want to introduce two further theological criteria. Redemption Our third criterion is what I will call the…

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October 2001
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Concerning Cults – A closer look (1)

A closer look. That is what I did recently in our local park. I was intrigued by a small object near a tree. I went nearer and looked closely at the object on the ground. It was only a twisted, rotten piece of wood. This month I take a closer look at cults in…

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October 2001
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Mary

In the papal encyclical Redemptoris Mater - on the Blessed Virgin Mary in the life of the pilgrim Church, issued in March 1987, Pope John Paul II reflected on the role of Mary in the church. Redemptoris Mater is a wide-ranging and authoritative statement on Mary from the Roman Catholic perspective. It reiterates Rome’s…

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September 2001
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Reflections Concerning Cults

Last month I emphasised that our gospel outreach witness should include sharing the gospel with members of various cults. Too often, we have ignored or neglected these people for a variety of reasons. But they really need the gospel. Occasionally I hear former cult members complain that no one had shared the gospel with…

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August 2001
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults

Having defined the key terms, and pointed to possible classifications of cults, I want to reflect this month on ourselves and our churches with regard to cults. There are challenges facing us, particularly as churches but also as individual Christians. First of all, however, let me reflect on my first meeting with cult members…

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