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World Religions and Cults, Vol. 1: Counterfeits of Christianity (Hodge & Paterson)

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Religions in today’s culture seem to be multiplying. Have you ever wondered why certain religions believe and practice what they do? Or how they view the Bible? This volume delves into these and other engaging questions, such as:

  • How can a Christian witness to people in these religions?
  • Do these other religions believe in creation and a Creator?
  • How do we deal with these religions from a biblical authority perspective?

Many religions and cults discussed in this first volume openly affirm that the Bible is true, but then something gets in their way. And there is a common factor every time—man’s fallible opinions. In one way or another the Bible gets demoted, reinterpreted, or completely ignored. Man’s ideas are used to throw the Bible’s clear teaching out the window while false teachings are promoted.

This book is a must for laymen, church leaders, teachers, and students to understand the trends in our culture and around the world where certain religions dominate, helping you discern truth and guard your faith. When you understand a religion’s origins and teachings, you are in a better position to know how to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ as you take the good news to those in false religions.


Table of Contents: 

Introduction: God vs. Man – World Religions and Cults

1. Defending the Faith: Approaching World Religions

2. What Is Biblical Christianity, and Why Is It Different?

3. A Brief Introduction of Christianity

4. How Is Roman Catholicism Different?

5. How Is Eastern Orthodoxy Different?

6. Counterfeits of Christianity: The Overview

7. Islam

8. Jehovah’s Witness

9. Judaism

10. Mormonism 

11. The Baha’i Faith 

12. Deism

13. Satanism 

14. Freemasonry

15. Zoroastrianism

16. Worldwide Church of the Creator (The Creativity Movement) 

17. Moonies/ The Unification Church 

Appendix 1: The Triune God

Appendix 2: Is Jesus the Creator God? A Look at John 1:1-3



Mr. Bodie Hodge attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and received a B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering. His specialty was a subset of mechanical engineering based in advanced materials processing, particularly starting powders. Currently, Bodie is a speaker, writer, and researcher for Answers in Genesis–USA. 

Roger Patterson earned his BS Ed degree in biology from Montana State University.