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Zondervan World Religions and Cults Collection (8 vols.)
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Overview

The Zondervan World Religions and Cults Collection (8 vols.) offers a powerful examination of many cults and several major world religions, extensively honing in on the religions of Islam and Mormonism. Including several authors who have previously been Mormon, as well as a unique perspective on Islam—Mateen Elass's first-hand experiences of having grown up in the Muslim country of Saudi Arabia—these books hold a strong validity that only experience can provide.

It is more important than ever to not only know one's own faith, but to understand the belief systems held by those occupying one's family, social circles, job, city, country, and world. This set of Zondervan resources will not only educate its readers as to many beliefs outside of Christendom, it will also help grow the faith of all who peruse the 2,504 pages included as it tells inspirational stories, lays out valuable information, and offers advice on how to witness to loved ones caught in cults or other world religions.

Key Features

  • Resources that elucidate the Islam faith for Christians
  • Three volumes discussing Mormonism
  • Practical advice for anyone who has a loved one in a cult

Individual Titles

The Challenge of the Cults and New Religions

  • Author: Ron Rhodes
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 400

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In this essential resource, preeminent cult authority Ron Rhodes explains what cults are, why they are cause for concern, and why in the 21st century, as never before, their numbers and memberships are exploding nationally and worldwide. Drawing on his extensive experience as a cult researcher, Rhodes offers to-the-point, cutting-edge information on twelve major cults and new religions.

Ron Rhodes is the president of Reasoning from the Scriptures Ministries. He is the author of eighteen books, including two Silver Medallion Award winners. He is heard nationwide on radio.

Encyclopedic Dictionary of Cults, Sects, and World Religions

  • Authors: Larry A. Nichols, George Mather, Alvin J. Schmidt
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 544

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Encyclopedic Dictionary of Cults, Sects, and World Religions is arguably the most significant reference book on the subject to be published. Formerly titled Dictionary of Cults, Sects, Religions, and the Occult, it provides reliable information on the history and beliefs of nearly every form of religion active today. This extensively revised edition includes new topics, updated information, and a brand-new format for a clearer, more organized approach.

Larry A. Nichols is the pastor of Our Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church in Greenville, Rhode Island. He is co-author of Masonic Lodge in the Zondervan Guide to Cults and Religious Movements.

George A. Mather is the pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in St. George, Utah, and is the co-author of Encyclopedia Dictionary of Cults, Sects, and World Religions.

Alvin J. Schmidt retired in 1999 as professor of sociology at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois, where he still lives. He is the author of several books, including The Great Divide: The Failure of Islam and the Triumph of the West, and served as a consulting editor for Dictionary of Cults, Sects, Religions and the Occult.

Understanding the Book of Mormon

  • Author: Ross Anderson
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 128

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A former Mormon and an adult convert to Christianity, author Ross Anderson provides a clear summary of the Book of Mormon including its history, teachings, and unique features. Stories from the author and other ex-Mormons illustrate the use of Mormon scripture in the Latter-day Saint church. Anderson gives special attention to how the Book of Mormon relates to Christian beliefs about God, Jesus, and the Bible.

Ross Anderson is the founding pastor of Wasatch Evangelical Free Church in Roy, Utah, where he has served since graduating from seminary in 1983. He was born in Utah and raised in California as an active member of the Mormon Church. He is passionate about incorporating ex-Mormons into the Church.

The New Mormon Challenge

  • Authors: Francis J. Beckwith, Carl Mosser, Paul Owen
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 536

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Written by an international team of respected Christian scholars, this freshly researched rebuttal of Mormon truth will aid those sharing the gospel with Mormons and those investigating Mormonism on their own. It will help readers to accurately understand Mormonism through biblical, historical, scientific, philosophical, and theological discussions.

I applaud the sensitivity and understanding invested in this enormous work.

—Ravi Zacharias

Francis J. Beckwith is Associate Professor of Church-State Studies, and Associate Director of the J. M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies, Baylor University. A graduate of Fordham University and the Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, his books include Law, Darwinism, and Public Education: The Establishment Clause ad the Challenge of Intelligent Design, To Everyone An Answer: A Case for the Christian Worldview, and Do the Right Thing: Readings in Applied Ethics & Social Philosophy.

Carl Mosser has published significant articles on Mormonism in both evangelical and Mormon journals.

Paul Owen is assistant professor of Bible and religion at Montreat College. He has published significant articles on Mormonism in both evangelical and Mormon journals. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

The Mormon Mirage

  • Author: Latayne C. Scott
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 368

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In the first edition of The Mormon Mirage, Latayne C. Scott shared her remarkable journey out of Mormonism as she uncovered shocking inaccuracies, inconsistencies, and contradictions in the faith she had loved and lived. Thirty years later, Mormonism and Mormon scholarship have evolved with the times. In this third, revised and updated edition of her well-known book, Scott keeps pace with changes and advances in Mormonism, and reveals formidable new challenges to its claims and teachings.

I applaud the sensitivity and understanding invested in this enormous work.

—Ravi Zacharias

Latayne C. Scott was Mormon for ten years, attending Brigham Young University on a writing scholarship and working as a staff member for two of BYU’s weekly magazines. She is the author of fourteen published books, including Latter-Day Cipher, Why We Left Mormonism, and The Hinge of Your History: The Phases of Faith. She has also published articles and poems in secular magazines and in major Christian magazines, and she is the recipient of Pepperdine University's "Distinguished Christian Service Award" for her writing.

Understanding the Koran

  • Author: Mateen Elass
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 192

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This volume is a quick non-technical, introduction to the Koran designed to help Christians understand a hidden book revered by 1.3 billion Muslims, covering the background on its writing, a summary of its contents, a perspective on how it’s used and viewed by Muslims, a comparison of differences and similarities to the Bible, and some suggestions on how it should and should not be used in conversations with Muslims. Find out how the Koran resembles the Bible—and the drastic ways in which it differs. Understanding the Koran gives you a fascinating essential grasp of Islam’s holy book: where it came from, what it teaches, how Muslims view it, and how the Allah of the Koran compares with the God of the Bible.

Mateen Elass was raised in Saudi Arabia in a Muslim environment. He holds degrees from Stanford University, Fuller Theological Seminary, and a PhD from the University of Durham in England. He has served in a church in Colorado and currently serves as senior pastor of a Presbyterian church in the Midwest. He has written feature articles for Moody magazine, including "What Muslims Think of America."

Is the Father of Jesus the God of Muhammad?

  • Author: Timothy George
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 160

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Today as never before, the world’s second largest religion is shaping our culture, and words such as jihad, imam, Quran, and fatwa have entered our vocabulary. While all Muslims are no more alike than all Christians are alike, there are certain fundamental beliefs that all Muslims hold in common—some of which Christians would agree with, including belief in one true God. But is it the same God? How does the God of Muhammad differ from the God of Christianity?

Written in a clear, passionate style that is conciliatory, balanced, and uncompromisingly biblical, this book describes and contrasts the distinctives of Christianity and Islam. Its author, a noted historian and theologian who has studied Islam for many years, writes with an eye on helping Christians better understand how to interact with Muslims.

Timothy George is the founding dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University. An executive editor of Christianity Today, Dr. George has written more than twenty books and regularly contributes to scholarly journals.

My Neighbour's Faith

  • Author: John Azumah
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 176

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Nowhere else in the world have both Islam and Christianity been more instrumental in shaping the history of a people and their way of life than in Africa. African Muslims and Christians have a lot in common, including kinship ties, shared languages and citizenship. Yet, despite the centuries of deep historical links and harmonious existence between the two religions, new challenges threaten this harmony. Conflicts involving Christians and Muslims in places like Sudan, Nigeria and Ivory Coast are common. These conflicts are fueled primarily by ignorance, stereotyping and prejudice, which in turn breed fear, suspicion and even hatred, in some cases leading to violence.

My Neighbour’s Faith sheds light on the beliefs and teaching of Islam by addressing matters of contemporary importance to Christians and the wider non-Muslim audience. It presents the human face of Islam—the face of a close relative, a neighbour, a teacher and even a head of state—in a balanced and critical way that gives a credible view of Islam.

John Azumah holds a PhD in Islamics from the University of Birmingham, UK, and is the Director for the Centre of Islamic Studies at the London School of Theology. He has previously served as a Research Fellow with the Akrofi-Christaller Institute in Ghana. Dr. Azumah is the author of The Legacy of Arab-Islam in Africa: A Quest for Inter-Religious Dialogue and has written articles on the subject in various academic journals.

Product Details

  • Title: Zondervan World Religions and Cults Collection
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Volumes: 8
  • Pages: 2,504