In the last century. new religious movements (NRMs) have sprung up around the world This book’s contributors propose that the most effective way to reach these groups is to view them missiologically as different people groups—and thus to approach them with a cross-cultural mindset—instead of following more traditional methods that focus on biblical heresies and doctrinal aberrations.
In this book, top missiologists present biblical and historical considerations, methodology and practical advice for reaching out to groups such as the Latter-day Saints, New Spirituality, Wicca, Mother Goddess, and Satanism.
This is an important ‘breakthrough’ book. These authors have a thorough understanding of the new religious movements that they discuss, and they draw heavily on the insights of recent missiological discussions of contextualization and cross-cultural understanding. This ‘incarnational’ and ‘relational’ approach is exactly what we need for an effective presentation of the gospel to folks who have been seduced by the false promises of non-Christian worldviews.
—Richard J. Mouw, President and professor of Christian philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary
A thoughtful and needed reassessment of evangelical outreach to new and emerging religious expression in North America__This resource is not merely a valuable compilation of strategic thinkers in the fields of Christian apologetics and missiology; it synthesizes the two disciplines and offers practical strategies for evangelism in a new day! I commend highly this book to anyone who senses the urgency of proclaiming the gospel with sensitivity and relevancy.
—Rudy Gonzalez, director, North American Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention
This is an important collection of essays which breaks new ground by applying the tools of missiology to the study of new religious movements in the West, and in so doing enables us first to understand these movements adequately and then to respond to them in a contextually appropriate and theologically sound manner.
—Harold Netland, professor of philosophy of religion and intercultural studies, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Not only is Western society becoming increasingly pluralistic in attitude, and not only are major Eastern religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism becoming increasingly visible, there is also a growing proliferation of so-called ‘new religions’ in West and East alike. How will evangelical Christians respond? The contributors to this book unite to plead that Christians need to move beyond a simplistic attitude that simply seeks to refute or exterminate ‘cults’ and adopt a mature missions strategy.... This book is both theoretically sound and practically helpful. A solid, cohesive work!
—Winfried Corduan, professor of philosophy and religion, Taylor University
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Irving Hexham, professor of religious studies at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is the author of seven books, including Understanding Cults and New Religions and The Pocket Dictionary of Cults and New Religions.
Stephen Rost, pastor of Grace Fellowship of Dixon in Dixon, California, has served as president of the Society for the Study of Alternative Religions study group in the Evangelical Theological Society.
John W. Morehead II, associate director of Watchman Fellowship in Sacramento, California, is the cofounder and coeditor of Sacred Tribes: Journal of Christian Missions to New Religious Movements, an e-journal that focuses on reaching adherents of new religions.