World Religions and Cults Vol. 2

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Overview

This eye-opening second volume deals with many Eastern religions like Hinduism, Taoism, New Age, Sikhism, Confucianism, Shinto, and Buddhism, as well as other pagan-based systems like Witchcraft, Voodoo, and Greek mythology (and many more)!

A Look Inside

SKU M922-6
Manufacturer Master Books
Weight (in lbs) 1.30
Title World Religions and Cults Vol. 2
Subtitle Moralistic, Mythical and Mysticism Religions
Series World Religions and Cults
Volume in Series 2
ISBN 13 9780890519226
Contributors Bodie Hodge, Roger Patterson
Binding Paperback
Page Count 492
Publisher New Leaf Publishing Group, LLC
Dimensions (in inches) 6 x 9

Religions of the Far East like Hinduism, Buddhism, and New Age have been gaining a foothold in the Western world. We even see witchcraft on the rise and paganism infiltrating the minds of the next generation–even in Christian homes! Why is that? How can a Christian respond? We already know how the one true God has responded, and in this title you will learn:

  • How a Christian can effectively witness for Christ
  • How to refute these false religions
  • What it truly is that these religions teach and why

The Christ follower should be set at ease knowing that all other gods are false as the all-knowing God of Scripture has revealed that He is the only God. Therefore, this volume dives into these styles of religions and looks at their origins and their basic tenets as well as why they fall so short.

Understanding the basic tenets of these religions helps the Bible believer see the flaws in these philosophies. In this way one can better discern how to be an effective witness for Jesus Christ while standing on the authority of the Bible.


Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1. Eastern Mysticism Religions: The Overview
  • 2. The New Age Movement (Pantheism and Monism)
  • 3. Taoism
  • 4. Hinduism (with Hare Krishna)
  • 5. Jainism
  • 6. Sikhism
  • 7. Moralistic and Mythological Religions: The Overview
  • 8. Paganism
  • 9. Voodooism
  • 10. Wicca and Witchcraft
  • 11. Druidism
  • 12. Animism (Spiritism)
  • 13. Egypt’s Ancient Religion
  • 14. Norse and Germanic Mythology
  • 15. Syncretism in Latin American Religions
  • 16. Greek Mythology
  • 17. Stoicism (with Notes on Epicureanism)
  • 18. Shinto
  • 19. Buddhism
  • 20. Confucianism: A Humanistic Wisdom Tradition
  • 21. Unitarianism.
  • 22. The Gospel and World Religions
  • Appendix 1: Tools for Engaging People from Other Religions
  • Appendix 2: The Irrationality of Atheism, Polytheism, Deism, and Unitarianism
Great Resource
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I have used this resource as a parent and as a teacher. It gives great information and is done in a respectful manner. My daughter who is using it as an elective in school is gaining so much understanding and creating great conversations.
Amazing resource
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I’m impressed by the amount and depth of information that this volume on each given religion and cult. I purchased this for my own enrichment study as a homeschooling parent, as I never came across such a book on religion studies. I think it’s an invaluable resource to have in any home and very helpful for understanding the history of different cultures. Can’t thank enough MasterBooks for having this book available for purchase. It’s definitely going to be such an interesting read!
Great book
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I bought this on a flash sale and can't wait to get the other two. My oldest is only in 5th grade, so I mostly bought it for me. It's a great book to see where/how other religions started and how they are wrong. When my kids are high school level I will be letting them read this series.
Great Resource
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This book proved to be invaluable to my teen daughter. She learned so much about these false religions by reading through this. It helped her to better understand these false religions as part of her World Religions studies. A great resource to use hand in hand with a study of World History to dig deeper into the many false religions that pepper the history of our world.
Wonderful
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What a fascinating collection of thorough discriptions of the religions of the world. With an amazing and precise outlining of the beliefs of Biblical Christianity as a comparison. Each chapter describes the specific religion, has a comparative list of main points in which they differ, and are very clear. I thought it would be dry, but found myself intrigued with the religions of friends and family that I hadn’t before then had any understanding of. An amazing shoring up of knowledge to use in apologetics to help others.
useful resource
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This book could be used as a resource to refer to. The chapter on the new age faith is particularly critical, as certain new age practices are slowly creeping in to the modern church.
Very Thorough
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The second book of the series focuses mostly on the Eastern Religions and Pagan religions. This book really allows you to compare the various religions and viewpoints featured. It contrasts between the Mystical religions and a Biblical Christian worldview. It is a fantastic resource for both adults and homeschool. From a homeschool standpoint, it is probably best at a high school level. There are multiple authors and I feel like this gives a much more well-rounded viewpoint on the various religions. I think this is a must-read for Christians today. There is so much background and information, and the text is very, very thorough. If you are using for homeschool, I highly recommend the teacher's guide as a companion.
Imperative Reading
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Equipping our children and ourselves to defend our faith is imperative in today's society. The authors of this book do a splendid job of explaining, in detail, the premises of other religions and their comparison with Biblical Christianity. Understanding the beliefs and mindset of those that are lost is paramount - it allows for reasonable, gentle persuasion as opposed to brash, ugly argument. Though my homeschooler is a bit young for this course, I intend to continue it myself until such time as we can tackle it together.

The second volume tackles the mystical religions of the world. This would be an excellent resource to use while studying world geography/history. The authors, again, take great care in comparing and contrasting these mystical religions with Biblical Christianity. Thorough explanation is given regarding the development of these religions, which is helpful in understanding why some believe they way they do.

I would recommend this course for high school level - ideally 11th/12th grade - as it takes an in depth look into the religions and cults of the world and requires a certain degree of understanding and critical thinking.

Thank you, Master Books, for another fantastic resource!
Christianity and other systems of beliefs
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So you want to know the differences between Biblical Christianity and pagan/new age religions? Here is a book that gives you ability to study individual religions and how they compare to Biblical Christianity. The end of each chapter gives you the summary of each religion. The book allows you to do a comparative study, or give you a basic understanding of any one in particular for witnessing. It is from a Biblical Christianity worldview looking at the development of these systems and how they relate to Christianity. I also strongly suggest getting the teachers guide with this as the worksheets become a quick reference that you can refer to. This is written at a Junior/Senior level or college level. It would be good in a personal library or as a gift to a pastor. Love this book!
Perfect for delving into world religions alongside Ancient Civ!
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This second volume comes an overview of Eastern Mysticism Religions, and then starts with The New Age Movement (Pantheism and Monism), Hinduism (with Hare Krishna), Jainism, and Sikhism. Then it looks at the Moralistic and Mythological Religions, like Paganism, Voodooism, Wicca and Witchcraft, Druidism, Animism (Spiritism), Egypt’s Ancient Religion, Norse and Germanic Mythology, Syncretism in Latin American Religions, Greek Mythology, Stoicism (with Notes on Epicureanism), Shinto, Buddhism, Confucianism and Unitarianism.Once again, there is not one set 'author' for this text. Rather, there are a series of authors, taking on each religlion and offshoot, like in Volume 1. This allows for different opinions, but ALL from the Christian viewpoint, so you don't feel like you are getting a lecture from one person, but rather a series of lectures.

This second volume would perfectly coincide with a High Schooler taking a World History course, or be used with it. As you can see, it takes a valid look at the 'ancient religions' and where they started, and how they evolved. I was happy to see that the authors (again a mixed amount of writers), all understood that most of the 'religions' started from mythology and how what was a way to understand their world around them, quickly became 'man's religion', not God. The book does a wonderful job of sorting the different religions and their history, contrasting to a Biblical worldvew and helping kids understand how to explain that to others. It can easily be made into a half credit for a high schooler, combined with additional resources and essays!

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