Contrasting Scientology and Christianity

April 2, 2014By Craig BranchComparative Religions

By Clete Hux and Craig Branch Scientology claims to be “an applied religious philosophy which recognizes that man is basically good and. . .provides exact principles and practical technology for improving spiritual awareness, self-confidence, intelligence, and ability. The word “Scientology” comes from the Latin word scio, meaning ‘know’ and the Greek work logos ‘the word … Read More

Oneness Pentecostalism

April 2, 2014By Apologetics Resource CenterComparative Religions

Tal Davis, Associate North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention OFFICIAL NAMES and MEMBERSHIP (estimates):Apostolic Overcoming Holy Church of God (AOHCG)-13,000;Assemblies of the Lord Jesus, Inc. (ALJI)-50,000; Bible Way Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ World Wide, Inc. (Bible Way)-250,000; Church of Our Lord Jesus of the Apostolic Faith (COIJF)-30,000; Pentecostal Assemblies of … Read More

Engaging the New Age

April 2, 2014By Craig BranchComparative Religions

By Craig Branch – In 1969 I was still taking the scenic route through college at an urban university in Richmond, Virginia. The university was known for its radical hippie population.  The Fifth Dimension had just released its award-winning gold record, “Age of Aquarius.”  Its popularity was due to more than the upbeat melodic voices. … Read More

Witnessing to the Nation of Islam

April 2, 2014By Apologetics Resource CenterComparative Religions

By Jerry L. Buckner Effective Evangelism/Witnessing Tips From the Christian Research Journal, issue 20-03, Americas New Love Affair with Gambling. Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan called for the Million Man March to take place in Washington, D.C., on October 16, 1995, and black men across America responded. The response was so enthusiastic that not … Read More

What Is a Cult?

March 27, 2014By Apologetics Resource CenterComparative Religions

By Clete Hux What do you think of when you hear the word “cult”? For many of us, that word conjures up images of Jim Jones and Jonestown, Guiana, where some 900 people in Jones’ People’s Temple followed his instructions and committed suicide by drinking kool-aid laced with cyanide. Or we may think of David … Read More

Judaism: It’s History and Beliefs

March 26, 2014By Apologetics Resource CenterComparative Religions

By Patrick Zukeran The religion of Judaism laid the foundation for the two largest religions in the world today: Christianity and Islam. The Jewish moral law, in particular the Ten Commandments, has been the basis for moral and legal codes for civilizations throughout history. This article will present a brief overview of the historical development, … Read More

Who Are the Jehovah’s Witnesses?

March 26, 2014By Craig BranchComparative Religions

By Clete Hux and Craig Branch They knock on our doors.  They distribute lots of literature.  They seek to convert us to devotion to their organization.  Many people in our culture ridicule them and some fear them, but few understand them.  Who are these people, the Jehovah’s Witnesses?  In this article, we will seek to … Read More

The History and Doctrine of Islam

March 26, 2014By Craig BranchComparative Religions

By Craig Branch Islam is the second largest religion in the world behind Christianity, numbering 1.2 billion adherents. Also, it is arguably the second largest religion in the United States.1 Yet before the events of September 11th, it commanded the attention of less than 6% of the entire Christian missionary force. The significance and resurgence of … Read More

The Stone-Campbell-Scott Movement

March 26, 2014By Craig BranchComparative Religions

By Craig Branch – Most people are aware of churches which contain the name “Church of Christ” and “Disciples of Christ,” but most people, including many in those churches, are not aware of the early history of these churches and their founders. This group of churches was, and to some extent still are, the central … Read More

On Buddhism

March 24, 2014By Apologetics Resource CenterComparative Religions

By Keith E. Yandell Causally connected continua [sequences] of events [or states] seem to have been found, by the Buddhist tradition in India, inadequate to perform the explanatory tasks required of them. It is more difficult than it seems to dispose of [enduring] mental substances, and the debates among the Indian Buddhist schools concerning the … Read More