By Douglas E. Cowan
From Hare Krishna to the Latter-Day Saints, and from Jehovah's Witnesses to the hot Age, non secular pluralism in North American offers evangelical Protestantism with major demanding situations. mentioning more moderen spiritual teams cults, aberrant sects, and heretical religions, the Christian countercult flow has warned that those teams characterize a risk to society. In ^IBearing fake Witness?^R Cowan considers the Christian countercult as an entire, finding it in sociological point of view as an entity specific from the secular anti-cult. via his research, the writer argues that the first objective of the countercult stream is to enhance and service the Christian worldview while it seems that threatened by means of the appearance of different non secular traditions. This precise research of the Christian countercult is helping clarify why conservative Christian responses to competing spiritual events have taken the shape that they've as well as how these responses are carried out.
Unlike the anti-cult circulate, that is fascinated with removal participants from cults and returning them to their households, the Christian countercult flow, in keeping with the writer, makes an attempt not just to take away cultists from the damaging impacts of the cults to which they belong, but additionally to insure that they're going to sign up for the actual model of Christianity adhered to by way of the countercultists themselves. starting with the countercult's early heritage, the writer offers an historic account of the circulate and its current actions. because the upward thrust of latest non secular routine, the starting to be curiosity in religions imported from outdoors North the US, and the broadening of the spiritual market keeps to develop, realizing the Christian countercult and its presence as a countervailing strain to those more and more socioreligious dynamics turns into ever extra important.
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