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Islam and Terrorism

‘Islamic terrorism’ refers to terrorist acts committed by Muslim groups or individuals who are motivated by Islamic or Islamist views.

Condemned by most Muslims, Islamic terrorism is inspired by the concept of ‘lesser Jihad’ — ‘holy warfare’ against the enemies of Allah and Islam.

We have collected a number of research resources on the topic.

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Women in Christian Ministry

Most Christian denominations agree that women are allowed to minister. However, there is confusion and disagreement between - and within - churches and denominations on 

- whether women are allowed to teach (and if so, whether they are allowed to teach both men and women)

- whether women are allowed to be in positions of leadership,

- and if so, whether that includes the office of pastor, priest, bishop (or whichever terminology is used within a particular denomination to indicate the main person in charge of leading the congregation)

We've lined up some research resources -- and welcome suggestions for additional ones, form various perspectives.
http://www.apologeticsindex.org/350-women-in-christian-ministry

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Gloriavale Christian Community at a glance

In the last eight years 65 people have left this tightly-controlled, insular 'Christian' community in New Zealand.

That number includes 22 people who have left in March and April, 2015 alone.

This group's beliefs and practices show it to be, theologically, a cult of Christianity.  Sociologically the commune has cult-like aspects as well.

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Gloriavale Christian Community says it is modeled after the first church in Jerusalem, but it is actually a cult both theologically and sociologically.
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Being Negative is Not Always Bad

Those who offer critiques of heterodox teachings or unwise conduct are sometimes called "negative," with the implication that this designation impugns the one who offers such critiques.

Nevertheless,  the terms "positive" and "negative" are not used in Scripture as equivalents of true and false, wise and foolish, or right and wrong.

"Positive" and "negative" may be useful in determining the polarity of electrical current but not in determining veracity, wisdom, or morality.

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A closer look at Stephen Covey and his 7 Habits

Published nearly 26 years ago, Stephen Covey's development training program, "The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People" today is as popular as ever. 

But most people who use it are unaware of the fact that Covey has discovered how to communicate Mormon teachings to non-Mormons by simply changing his vocabulary. 

Bill Gordon explains that a study of Covey's writings reveal the Mormon ideas and beliefs behind many of the principles found in 7 Habits.

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Stephen Covey, 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People, has discovered how to communicate Mormon teachings to non-Mormons by simply changing his vocabulary
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Ravi Zacharias at BYU and the Mormon Tabernacle

Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias [1] explains why he has again accepted an invitation to address Mormons. [2]

He assures that "the gospel for which we stand is what we will present and represent."

Zacharias also notes, "These are not the kinds of settings we get popular for, but these are the kinds of settings where we are called to go."

#christianity #apologetics #mormonism

[1] http://bit.ly/1j4uWYo (About Ravi Zacharias International Ministries)
[2] http://bit.ly/AreMormonsChristians (Are Mormons Christians?)
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We've given Apologetics Index a new lick of paint, upgraded the wiring, put in a new kitchen, and... well, you get the picture.  

We're still cleaning up pixel dust in various nooks and crannies, but give the new site a test drive.  Let us know what you think.
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20 Ways Cults Misread The Bible

Cults of Christianity misinterpret Bible verses and passages in support of doctrines and/or practices outside the boundaries of the Christian faith.  Here's how to recognize the most common fallacies.
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Christian Science: Neither Christian, Nor Scientific

Christian science (The First Church of Christ, Scientist) is neither Christian nor scientific. 

This religious movement's denial and/or re-interpretation of key Biblical doctrines mark it as, theologically, a cult of Christianity. 

Nevertheless, in many U.S. states the Federal Government has granted Christian Science religious exemptions which, in the eyes of many, has led to needless suffering and preventable deaths as the church's followers apply its version of 'faith healing.

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Christian science (The First Church of Christ, Scientist) is neither Christian nor scientific. This religious movement's denial and/or re-interpretation of key Biblical doctrines mark it as, theol...
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Must Christians follow Old Testament laws?

Hebrew Roots (or Hebraic Roots, Jewish Roots) is a diverse, global religious movement with  one common emphasis: to restore what it calls the 'Jewishness of Christianity.'

The churches, teachers and ministries that are part of this movement also share one common characteristic:  they depart from orthodox, biblical Christianity.

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Hebrew Roots is a diverse, global religious movement with no central leadership or ecclesiastical structure. It departs from orthodox biblical Christianity
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False prophet dies... again

Bob Jones, the most controversial of the Kansas City Prophets (who were all controversial), has died.  

Jones claimed he also died in 1975, but that God sent him back...

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A highly acclaimed biography of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, exposing both his lies and those of the church of Scientology about his live and accomplishments, will be reprinted soon.

Throughout its history the Church of Scientology has not only failed to denounce and disavow Hubbard's fantasies, but has itself greatly contributed to the body of fiction surrounding its founder.

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Apologetics Research Resources on Religious Cults, Sects, Religions, Doctrines, Etc.
Introduction
Our mission is simple: to point Christians and non-Christian alike to the best research resources on religion-related topics.

The Apologetics Index 'family of web sites' provides  research resources on 
  • religious cults, sects, new religious movements, alternative religions, 
  • abusive churches, spiritual abuse,
  • Christian apologetics-, anticult-, and countercult organizations, 
  • doctrines, religious practices and world views
We operate from an Evangelical Christian point of view, but the research resources we point to reflect a variety of theological and/or sociological perspectives.

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