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The Making of an Atheist

James Spiegel is professor of philosophy and religion at Taylor University. This is a 2010 book on atheism from a philosophic and scriptural point of view. Spiegel brings together all of the valid arguments for God including Alvin Plantinga’s (to whom he dedicated this book) argument of sensus divinitatus, or a “sense of the divine,” […]

Theologies of the 21st Century

This is an update (2014) on Smith’s earlier edition, A Handbook on Contemporary Theology, published in 1992.  These are helpful summaries of various contemporary theological movements and trends.  The new version repeats some of the earlier ones with updated material, yet has new additions such as a history of theology from the Enlightenment, theologies of the […]

Islam Rising

I have collected many books on Islam over the years, most of them small paperbacks written by middle eastern converts to Christianity.  They have all been very good and helpful, although they are often written in a personal, testimonial, format.  This book by Jim Murk has been the most helpful so far.  Murk has his […]

The Subtle Body

This is a 2010 book by Syman, a literature graduate of Yale University.  I first heard of the book when Albert Mohler wrote a review of it.  Syman practiced yoga for fifteen years before writing this historical review.  It is not a Christian book or even religious for that matter.  Syman tells the story of […]

For Many Shall Come in My Name

In choosing books to read on the subject of yoga and other cults, I found this book by Yungen who has studied the New Age movement for thirty years and has found yoga to be a central part of that subject.  It is published by Lighthouse Trails Publishing, 2007, 2015.  Yungen writes, “A perfect example […]

Occult Practices and Beliefs

The subtitle of this small book is “A Biblical Examination from A to Z.”  Koch (Th.D, Tübingen) lists cults alphabetically, but gives the most space to yoga.  In these pages he gives a list of yoga doctrines including: Every bodily organ is related to the soul. Every person has a physical and spiritual nature which […]

The Islamic Antichrist

Joel Richardson has a mixed background and reputation in prophetic circles. This 2009 book has created a lot of interest because it is Richardson’s thesis that the antichrist is Islamic, not “Christian.” (See my article in this issue for a refutation of that view) In trying to look up Richardson’s background and connections I found […]

The Cross in the Shadow of the Crescent

The alarming growth of Islam around the world and especially in the United States is a subject of interest to all Christians.  Lutzer does his usual good job of documenting the rise of Islam with its government of Shariah Law, the Muslim Brotherhood, and its goal of eventual takeover of the whole world in the […]

The Question of Freemasonry and the Foun...

I’ve only recently found a few of David Burton’s books recommended to me by a friend.  I learned a lot from this short book on the Freemasons.  Burton’s premise is that America’s founding fathers were not as involved in Freemasonry as many would have us believe, and that those who were, were not involved very […]

Whited Sepulchers

 This is a short expose about the Mormon Temple.  The authors have written other works that I have found helpful regarding Mormonism.  This one centers on the symbols that were built into the Salt Lake City Temple.  It is interesting why Brigham Young (especially) would want symbols of the all-seeing eye, planetary stones, the bee […]