Cults & New Age

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reach out trust (UK based evangelical cult watch organization )


Mormons on the Rise CT June 15, 1998 Missionaries impossible? As Mormons are poised to become the next world religion, Southern Baptists are knocking on the doors of Utah’s “saints.”
Beckford, James A. (1981): ?Cults, Controversy, and Control: A Comparative Analysis of the Problems Posed by New Religious Movements in the Federal Republic of Germany and France,? Sociological Analysis 42: 249-264.
Frenschkowski, Marco L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology — An Annotated Survey of Primary and Selected Secondary Literature
Friberg, Mats (1988): ?New Social Movements in Western Europe,? G?teborg, Sweden: G?teborg Universitet 1988.
Fuss, Michael. “New Age and Europe: A Challenge for Theology.” Mission Studies 8:2 (1991): 190-220.
Hallam, Steve (illustrator), John Smulo, and Bill Stewart, Symbolically Foreshadowed: The Gospel and the Wheel of the Year, Sacred Tribes: Journal of Christian Missions to New Religious Movements, 2/2 2004-2005.
Introvigne, Massimo (1998): ?Blacklisting or Greenlisting: A European Perspective on the New Cult Wars,? Nova religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions 2 (1): 16-23.
Johnson, Philip “Apologetics and Myths: Signs of Salvation in Postmodernity,” Lutheran Theological Journal, 32/2 1998, pp 62-72.
Johnson, Philip ?The Aquarian Age and Apologetics?, Lutheran Theological Journal, 34/2 2000, pp 51-60.
Kent, Stephen A. Scientology — Is This a Religion?
Morehead, John , A Fresh Agenda For Apologetics in the 21st Century, The Ooze, 2004.
Smulo, John Animals and Morality: Four Views, Sacred Tribes: Journal of Christian Missions to New Religious Movements, 2/2 2004-2005.
Smulo, John Christ?s Advocate: An Incarnational Apologetic to Satanism, BMin (Hons) Thesis, Australian College of Theology, 2001.
Smulo, John Marilyn Manson: Anti-Christ Superstar or Creation of Institutional Christianity?,, 2001.
Smulo, John Methods and Perspectives in Understanding and Reaching Satanists, Sacred Tribes: Journal of Christian Missions to New Religious Movements, 1/1, Summer/Fall 2002.
Smulo, John Spiritual Warfare Profiles of Satanism: Are They Misleading?, Sacred Tribes: Journal of Christian Missions to New Religious Movements, 1/1, Summer/Fall 2002.
Smulo, John The Quest For a Holistic Ecological Ethic: The Pagan Challenge to Christianity, Sacred Tribes: Journal of Christian Missions to New Religious Movements, 2/2 2004-2005.
Spindler, Marc R. “Europe‘s Neo-Paganism: A Perverse Inculturation.” International Bulletin of Missionary Research 11:1 (January 1987): 8-11.
Stark, Rodney (1993): ?Europe‘s Receptivity to New Religious Movements: Round Two,? Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 32: 389-397.
Stark,Rodney & Laurence R. Iannaccone Why the Jehovah?s Witnesses grow so rapidly: a theoretical application? (academic sociology paper)
Visser ‘t Hooft, W. A. “Evangelism among Europe’s Neo-Pagans.” International Review of Mission 65:264 (October 1977): 349-60.
Wakefield, Margery What Christians Need to Know about Scientology (Part 2) (1991)


Abanes, Richard. Defending the Faith: A Beginner’s Guide to Cults and New Religions. Grand Rapids , MI: Baker Books, 1997.
Ankerberg, John and John Weldon Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions: Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormonism, Mind Sciences, Baha’I, Zen, Unitarianism (In Defense of the Faith Series, 2) (Dec 1999)
Barker, E. New Religious Movements: A Practical Introduction. HMSO. London. 1992
Barker, E. The Making of a Moonie: Brainwashing or Choice? Gregg Revivals. Hants. 1989.
Barker, E. (ed). New Religious Movements: A Perspective for Understanding Society. The Edwin Mellen Press. New York 1982.
Barker, E. New Religious Movements: A Practical Introduction, London, HMSO 1989
Beckford. J. Cult Controversies: The Societal Response to New religious Movements. Tavistock. London. 1985.
Berry, Harold J. What They Believe: Christian Scientists, Jehovahs’s Witnesses, Masons, Mormons. Lincoln, NE: Back to the Bible, 1989.
Besant, Annie Wood and J. Gordon Melton. The Origins of Theosophy. New York: Garland, 1990.
Bickel, Bruce and Stan Jantz. Bruce & Stan?s Guide to Cults, Religions, Spiritual Beliefs. Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House, 2002.
Bickel, Bruce and Stan Jantz. World Religions and Cults 101: A Guide to Spiritual Beliefs (Christianity 101?) (Mar 1, 2005)
Bjorkan, Elise and J. Gordon Melton. International Society for Krishna Consciousness II. New York: Garland, 1990.
Blavatsky H.P., The Secret Doctrine, (Theosophical University Press, Pasadena, California, 1988)
Bloesch, Donald G. Faith & Its Counterfeits. Downers Grove, Ill: InterVarsity Press, 1981.
Boa, Kenneth. Cults, World Religions and the Occult a (April 1990)
Boa, Kenneth. Cults, World Religions and You. Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books, 1977.
Botting, H. & Botting, G. The Orwellian World of Jehovah?s Witnesses. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1984.
Breese, Dave. Know the Marks of Cults. Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books, 1981.
Bromley, David et al.: Cults, Religion, and Violence, 2002,
Clifford, Ross and Philip Johnson, Jesus and the Gods of the New Age, Victor, 2003.
Dawson, L. (ed). Cults in Context: Readings in the Study of New Religious Movements. Canadian Scholars Press inc. Ontario. 1996.
Dawson, L. Comprehending Cults: The Sociology of New Religious Movements. Oxford University Press. Oxford. 1998.
Dawson, L. Cults and New Religious Movements: A Reader (Blackwell Readings in Religion) (Jun 9, 2003)
Dowling Levi, The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus Christ, (Camelot Press, Southampton, 1989)
Drane J., What is the New Age Saying to the Church?, (Marshall Pickering, London, 1991)
Drane, John, Ross Clifford, and Philip Johnson, Beyond Prediction: The Tarot and Your Spirituality, Lion, 2002.
Enroth, Ronald. Churches that Abuse, Zondervan, 1992
Geisler, Norman L. and Ron Rhodes. Correcting the Cults: Expert Responses to Their Scripture Twisting (Mar 1, 2005)
Geisler, Norman L. and Ron Rhodes. When Cultists Ask: A Popular Handbook on Cultic Misinterpretations. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1997.
Groothius, Douglas R. Unmasking the New Age. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity, 1986.
Groothus D., Revealing the New Age Jesus, (IVP, Leicester, 1990)
Hassan, Steven Combatting Cult Mind Control: The #1 Best-selling Guide to Protection, Rescue, and Recovery from Destructive Cults (Oct 1, 1990)
Hexham, Irving. and Karla Poewe. Understanding Cults and New Religions. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1986.
Hexham, Irving. Pocket dictionary of New Religious Movements. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2002.
Hexham, Irving. Stephen Rost and John W. Morehead II. eds. Encountering New Religious Movements: A Holistic Evangelical Approach. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2004.
Hoekema, Anthony A. The four major cults: Christian Science, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormonism, Seventh-Day Adventists. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1963.
House, Wayne: Charts of Cults, Sects, and Religious Movements, 2000,
Hunt, Dave and T. A. McMahon. The Seduction of Christianity: Spiritual Discernment in the Last Days. Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House, 1985.
Kelly, Aidan A., and J. Gordon Melton. Cults and the Jewish Community: Representative Works of Jewish Anti-cult Literature. New York : Garland, 1990.
Kelly, Aidan A., and J. Gordon Melton. Theosophy II: Controversial and Polemical Pamphlets. New York: Garland, 1990.
K?nig, Thomas , The New Age Movement: Genesis of a High Volume, Low Impact Identity PhD dissertation 2000 (a sociological study 300+ pages) does interact with the phenomon in Europe.
Kramer, Joel and Alstad, Diane: The Guru Papers: Masks of Authoritarian Power, 1993.
Kyle, Richard G. The Religious Fringe: A History of Alternative Religions in America. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1993,
Lalich, Janja: Bounded Choice: True Believers and Charismatic Cults, 2004,
Landau Tobias, Madeleine et al. Captive Hearts, Captive Minds, 1994,
Lane, David Christopher. Exposing the Cults: When the Skeptical Mind Confronts the Mystical. New York : Garland, 1994.
Larson, Bob. Larson?s Book of Cults. Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale House, 1982.
Lewis, Gordon Russell. Confronting the Cults. Philadelphia : Presbyterian and Reformed Pub. Co., 1978.
Lewis, James R. and J. Gordon Melton. The Beginnings of Astrology in America: Astrology and the Re-emergence of Cosmic Religion. New York: Garland, 1990.
Lewis, James R. and J. Gordon Melton. The Unification Church III: Outreach. New York: Garland, 1990.
Lewis, James R. Odd Gods: New Religions and the Cult Controversy, Prometheus Books, 2001
Lewis, James R. The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements Oxford University Press, 2004
Lewis, James R. Witchcraft Today: An Encyclopedia Of Wiccan And Neopagan Traditions (Santa Barbara CA: ABC-CLIO, 1999).
MacGregor, Lorri. Coping with the Cults: Practical Insights for Concerned Christians. Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House, 1992.
MacGregor, RD The New Age Critique of the Church-what can we learn from it?
Martin, Walter Ralston. Kingdom of the Cults, The . Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2003.
Martin, Walter Ralston. Rise of the Cults. Santa Ana, Calif.: Vision House, 1977.
McDowell, Josh and Don Stewart. Handbook of Today?s Religions. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983.
Melton, Gordon: Encyclopedic Handbook of Cults in America, 1992 (Search inside),
Melton, J. Gordon. Rosicrucianism in America. New York: Garland, 1990.
Mickler, Michael L., J. Gordon Melton. The Unification Church I: Views from the Outside. New York: Garland, 1990.
Mickler, Michael L., J. Gordon Melton. The Unification Church II: Inner Life. New York: Garland, 1990.
Morey, Robert A. How to Answer a Jehovah?s Witness. Minneapolis: Bethany Fellowship, 1980.
Netland, Harold. Encountering Religious Pluralism: The Challenge to Christian Faith & Mission. InterVarsity Press, 2001
Nichols, Rev. Larry A. George Mather, and Dr. Alvin J. Schmidt Encyclopedic Dictionary of Cults, Sects, and World Religions: Revised and Updated Edition (Aug 1, 2006)
Northcott M.S., The New Age and Pastoral Theology: Towards the Resurrection of the Sacred, (Contact Pastoral Monograph No. 2, 1992)
Oakes, Len: Prophetic Charisma: The Psychology of Revolutionary Religious Personalities, 1997.
Osborn L., Angels of Light?, (Daybreak, London, 1992)
Petersen, William J. Those Curious New Cults in the 80?s. New Canaan, Conn.: Keats Publishing Inc., 1982.
Phoenix, Lena: The Heart of a Cult, 2006,
Rabinovitch, Shelly and James R. Lewis (eds) The Encyclopedia of Modern Witchcraft and Neo-Paganism (New York: Citadel Press, 2002).
Radical Environmentalism The Initial Decades A Historical, Documentary Bibliography (10 pages)
Rhodes, Ron. Find It Quick Handbook on Cults and New Religions: Where Did They Come From? What Do They Believe? (Aug 1, 2005)
Rhodes, Ron. The Challenge of the Cults and New Religions: The Essential Guide to Their History, Their Doctrine, and Our Response. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2001.
Robertson, Irvine What The Cults Believe (Jan 9, 1991)
Rudin, A. James and Marcia R. Prison or Paradise?: The New Religious Cults. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1980.
Rutherford, J. F., Jerry Bergman, and J. Gordon Merton. Jehovah?s Witnesses I: the Early Writings of J.F. Rutherford. New York: Garland, 1990.
Seddon P., The New Age – An Assessment, (Grove Books, Bramcote, 1992)
Singer, Margaret Thaler and Janja Lalich. Cults in Our Midst. San Francisco: Jossey- Bass, 1995.
Singer, Margaret Thaler: Cults in Our Midst: The Continuing Fight Against Their Hidden Menace, 1992.
Sire, James W. Scripture Twisting: 20 Ways the Cults Misread the Bible. Downers Grove, Ill.: Intervarsity, 1980.
Spittler, Russell P. Cults and Isms: Twenty Alternatives to Evangelical Christianity. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1975.
Stark, Rodney and William Sims Bainbridge. The Future of Religion: Secularization, Revival, and Cult Formation. Berkeley Calif.: University of California Press, 1985.
Szerszynski, B Religious Movements and the New Age: Their Relevance to the Environmental Movement in the 1990s (30 page academic paper)
Tourish, Dennis: ‘On the Edge: Political Cults Right and Left, 2000,
Tucker, Ruth. Another Gospel: Alternative Religious and the New Age Movement. Grand Rapids: Academie Books, 1989.
Ward, Gary L. and J. Gordon Melton. Christian Science: Controversial and Polemical Pamphlets. New York: Garland, 1990.
Ward, Gary L. and J. Gordon Melton. Spiritualism I: Spiritualist Thought. New York: Garland, 1990.
Ward, Gary L. and J. Gordon Melton. Spiritualism II: The Movement. New York: Garland, 1990.
Williams, Miriam: Heaven’s Harlots: My Fifteen Years As a Sacred Prostitute in the Children of God Cult . William Morrow & Co. . 1998
Wilson, Colin Rogue Messiahs: Tales of Self-Proclaimed Saviors, Hampton Roads Publishing Company. 2000
Zablocki, Benjamin et al.: Misunderstanding Cults: Searching for Objectivity in a Controversial Field, 2001,
Zellner, W. Of Another World: The Jehovah?s Witnesses. Unpublished PhD Dissertation, Sociology, South Dakota State University, 1981.
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