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Publisher's Summary

The Kingdom of the Cults has been the authoritative reference work on major cult systems for more than 40 years. In an era of rapid cult growth worldwide, Christians today need the information in this book more than ever. It will equip readers from every walk of life to use biblical truth to counter the efforts of cults to masquerade as mainstream Christianity.

Working closely together, Ravi Zacharias and managing editors Jill and Kevin Rische have updated and augmented the work with new material. This book will continue as a crucial tool in countercult ministry and in evangelism for years to come. Among cults and religions included are Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormonism, New Age cults, the Unification Church, Baha’i Faith, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam.

Readable and reliable, this book sets the standard for reference books on cults.

Walter Martin (1928-1989) held four degrees, having received his doctorate from California Coast University in the field of comparative religions. Author of a dozen books and numerous booklets and articles, he founded the Christian Research Institute in 1960.

©2003 The Estate of Walter Martin (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Since the first edition was published in 1965, Walter Martin’s The Kingdom of the Cults has been the leading reference work on the major contemporary cult systems. With an emphasis on the active, proselytizing cults, The Kingdom of the Cults is a crucial tool in counter-cult ministry and evangelism. This edition includes substantial new information, including additional chapters on emerging cults and updated information on established movements. Because of their strong influence on the cults, Eastern religions are also examined. Readers now will find further help in combating the ever widening impact of the cults, not only in the United States but overseas. Scholarly yet readable and engaging, The Kingdom of the Cults evaluates each cult’s movement’s history and beliefs, showing how each cult’s teachings contrast with true biblical theology. An invaluable reference work for both scholars and laypeople." (Prayer Foundation)

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Walter Martin at his Best

Where does The Kingdom of the Cults rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Excellent explanations and effective an effective apologetic defense of the gospel. Walter Martin nails it. A great read. If you want to see what the difference between "true" Christianity and a cult, this is the book to read. Very clear and concise.

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  • Stephen
  • Red Bluff, CA, United States
  • 10-16-14

INFORMATION OVERLOAD

A smooth, well thought out overview of the cults, perfectly voiced by Mr. England. The problem is there is so much info you're never going to get it all in in one, two or even three readings. And seeing that this book is almost 39 hours long I'm praying to Jesus to make stick what he wants me to retain because I don't care how interesting this book is I don't want to spend that much time in a reread. I recommend. The book delivers what it promises. God Bless.

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Great analysis from every angle

Great analysis from every angle, you get in dept understanding of each cults difference's measured against historical Christianity and Bible.

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amazing,

I love the way it was laid out. it will be a valuable resource for my witness to those I know who are involved in some of these cults

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EXCELLENT! This is a MUST HAVE library resource!

Would you listen to The Kingdom of the Cults again? Why?

YES I would listen to this audio book again and I bought the book on Amazon as a resource to be able to go to the different sections immediately. This is also an excellent way to study your bible, Dr. Walter Martin gives scripture to combat and lay to rest the claims of the various cult founder, successors and supporters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I thought every chapter was an excellent outline, detail and then synopsis of each religious cults start, their founder and their blunders in proliferating their material. I LOVE that he included many scriptures to combat the false information and false prophets. Martin was also very focused in telling the reader that our great commission is to tell the good news of our savior Jesus Christ in the gospel and to love and enlighten people that have fallen into these false prophesies and false prophets hands.

Which scene was your favorite?

I didn't really have a favorite, I went into it with an open mind and was pleasantly surprised at the detail and the overall message to Christians to speak the gospel truth and the numerous scriptures that backed up his unbelievably detailed research on each sect.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It was riveting from start to finish, I listened to it every chance I got.

Any additional comments?

I think every Christian should have this in his library, it is invaluable, it is extremely relevant, this is EXCELLENT!!!!

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great content, slow reader

I turned up the spotted if the reader to 1.4 and that was good then.

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This is a Christian focused book.

They do not write this as a religion neutral book that tries to explain how cults grew. They are so Christian centric that i could not finish it.

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Defend your faith!!

Recommend for born-again Christian's. Learn why all the cults are wrong and what their beliefs are. Written well and narrated with excellence. If anyone gives this book a bad review they must be in a cult. This book exposes them for who they are.

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Great Book.

I usefully Recommend this Book. Its a very Good Book on the Study on Apologetics. God Bless the Author and Maurice England who sacrificelly read this Book entirely for Everyone to Hear that the Cults to read. God Bless You gusta thirilly and Have a Wonderful Day.

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Base Fraud, who would read or listen to?

What would have made The Kingdom of the Cults better?

I've been a happy Audible customer for years and appreciate the service, but my experiences with this useless text prompt me to write my first ever commentary on an Audible purchase. This text is completely idiotic even though I concur with the conclusions; it's 35 hours of a less than academically credible author agreeing with himself. It's disturbing to know so many people have endured through such rubbish. If only there were negative-stars to choose in rating as text beneath the consideration of any thinking being.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Nothing by this "author".

What didn’t you like about Maurice England’s performance?

Well presented, though the text is useless.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Kingdom of the Cults?

I'd pull the text from production. At best it's "dated", like "Birth of a Nation" is a dated movie. No credible editor would produce this production.

Any additional comments?

I have never in my life provided an online critique of anything, but this book is so profoundly, transparently uncritical I felt compelled to warn others against wasting their time.

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  • Daniel
  • 07-28-13

A Classic!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Kingdom of the Cults to be better than the print version?

Yes, Maurice England does a fantastic job of reading this book!

What did you like best about this story?

Everything!

What does Maurice England bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

A great voice for a classic book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not posible nearly 40 hours in length!!!

Any additional comments?

A must for any Christian who may consider the study of comparative religion!

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  • Ryan Curwen-Walker
  • 03-21-17

Great Narration.

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Kingdom of the Cults is a great reference book, each subject is very well researched and explained. However it works best as a reference book. It was pretty tough work getting thorugh 36 hours of audio! Made easier by great narration; one of the best narration voices I've heard.

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