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You see, the competitors of Christianity are not only those religions that reject the claims of Christ - but also those that either dilute his teachings or choose only those they deem attractive

You see, the competitors of Christianity are not only those religions that reject the claims of Christ - but also those that either dilute his teachings or choose only those they deem attractive. Jim McGoldrick examines the major challenges to biblical belief that appeared in the early years of the church. He then traces how they have stayed alive, though with new names, gaining acceptance in the 21st century. In most areas of contemporary theological debate people think they are exploring new ideas - McGoldrick shows that they aren't.

You see, the competitors of Christianity are not only those religions that reject the claims of Christ - but also . About James McGoldrick.

You see, the competitors of Christianity are not only those religions that reject the claims of Christ - but also those that either dilute his teachings or choose only those they deem attractive. Professor of Church History at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Greenville, South Carolina and previously Professor of History at Cedarville University, Cedarville, Ohio. He has written extensively on church history in secular and theological journals and reference books. Author: James McGoldrick.

Christianity is the most populous faith on the planet. Yet it has many competitors. Some of these competing belief systems have displayed terrific energy in recent years and witnessed a growth in following as a result. One of the factors that has helped this is found among the millions of people who claim allegiance to the Christian faith, which now encompasses a bewildering diversity of belief and practice.

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13: 978-8455501402 James E. McGoldrick, Christianity and Its Competitors: New Faces of Old Heresy. Students will select books approved by the professor and write a short analysis of the book conforming to specific instructions. Christian Focus, 2006. 13: 978-03105807 Note: The Professor will distribute numerous handouts, et. throughout the semester and perhaps make additional (short) reading assignments. Students will receive a model or template of the book critique to assist them in this project. COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Requirement One: Each student will read each of the three texts in entirety.

Christianity And Its Competitors. Seize the Morning: New Habits for a New Year. Christianity and Liberalism. by J. Gresham Machen. Books I Read in 2019. Heresy is a gross and dangerous error, voluntarily held and factiously maintained by some person or persons within the visible church, in opposition to some chief or substantial truth or truths grounded upon and drawn from the holy Scripture by necessary consequence. Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. List of Modern Day False Teachers.

James McGoldrick's Christianity and Its Competitorsprovides the modern church with an overview of some of the history .

James McGoldrick's Christianity and Its Competitorsprovides the modern church with an overview of some of the history of key doctrines and their heresies while exposing the teaching of these ancient errors in the contemporary world of Christianity in its broadest sense. You see, the competitors of Christianity are not only those religions that reject the claims of Christ - but also those that either dilute his teachings or choose only those they deem attractive.

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Christianity is the most populous faith on the planet. Yet it has many competitors.

Some of these competing belief systems have displayed terrific energy in recent years and witnessed a growth in following as a result. One of the factors that has helped this is found among the millions of people who claim allegiance to the Christian faith, which now encompasses a bewildering diversity of belief and practice. The lack of fundamental agreement has encouraged the growth of these competing systems of belief.

You see, the competitors of Christianity are not only those religions that reject the claims of Christ - but also those that either dilute his teachings or choose only those they deem attractive.

Jim McGoldrick examines the major challenges to biblical belief that appeared in the early years of the church. He then traces how they have stayed alive, though with new names, gaining acceptance in the 21st century. In most areas of contemporary theological debate people think they are exploring new ideas - McGoldrick shows that they aren't.

The encouraging factor is that the message of Christ, despite coming under assault from many angles, continues to advance stronger than ever. Here is a vigorous and illuminating defence of Christian belief that shows how ceaseless attacks on the faith of the church have been rebuffed in the past - and can be today.


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Fararala
Any lay person who takes their faith seriously should thoroughly acquaint themselves with this book. Any Evangelical pastor who recognizes the idolatry and heretical formulations which comprise the religious cultural landscape facing his flock, should seriously consider this text as a primary resource for officer training as well as instruction for the wider congregation.

Prof. McGoldrick quite accurately defines a major problem facing the Evangelical church in the US in his opening comments. "In the religious climate of the early twenty-first century, there is a tendency to regard as Christian any school of thought which professes allegiance to the teachings of Christ, no matter how vaguely it may do so."

Amen! Though the word "tendency" might be an understatement. Perhaps more accurately it might be replaced with "powerful pressure"

The pervasive and intentional social imperatives pressing upon American Christians are the inevitable fruit of fundamental shifts in philosophical and moral perspectives. Though beyond the scope of this review to survey, I do not think it too far fetched to assign these shifts to a central uniting thread: "distrust of certainty." Americans, at every level, find that "certainty" is equated with "narrow-mindedness", "arrogance", "bigotry" or other such dismissive condemnations. The outworking of this cultural imperative is that the vigorous defense of "truth" is viewed as socially disruptive and, in some instances, subject to judicial action.

Therefore Christians as a group are pressured to be more and more reductionist in their "essential" theology. The naive cry "Can't we all just get along" has passed from being a somewhat amusing cynical platitude to the status of spiritual affirmation. One is simply "not Christian" unless one is tolerant of all those "others" who think differently about religion and especially about Christ Himself. It is difficult, in the modern landscape, to imagine another time (the era of the Reformation) when the nuances of the Protestant claims against the Roman religion were passionately debated by butcher and tailor alike. Yet, it was so and the present state of the Christian witness in this country suffers in comparison.

Truth is worth defending. Christianity is and has always been, a struggle against the "wolves" (Acts 20:29, et al) who seek to devour the flock. A consistent polemical theme is present throughout the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. The Kingdom of God stands over and against the Kingdom of this world and the mandate to clearly distinguish in contrast to its opponent, is inherent in the Great Commission's requirement teach disciples to obey. But in order to distinguish the Kingdom of God it must first be clearly demarcated. There is no neutral ground, no "no-man's land", the essential mastery of which is the object of their struggle. Spiritual warfare is a "zero-sum" conflict. The advance of the Kingdom of God is always to the detriment of and exact reduction of the Kingdom of this world.

Thus those who are outside the Kingdom must be recognized and distinguished. Prof. McGoldrick's book, in an accessible and somewhat comprehensive fashion, does this. His objective is to demonstrate the truth that modern apostasy is essentially just the recasting of older lies in new molds. He systematically traces the various essential deviations from Orthodox truth as they have woven themselves into the "progress" of history and then clearly identifies their modern distillations.

Many books have done this but Prof. Mc Goldrick's major contribution is his spare, non-technical, prose. He writes powerfully and well and retains the reader's interest regardless of prior acquaintance with the subject or technical sophistication.

There are "organizing themes" that can be used to group the various deviations from truth. Prof. McGoldrick sorts these themes under the headings of his chapters: (1) Ebionites and Judaizing Christianity, (2) Montanism, (3) Arianism, (4) Pelagianism and (5) The Completion of Revelation. In my opinion these are a good place to start but my one criticism of the book is that it tends to leave a somewhat reductionistic perspective in the reader. They give the impression that these are all the "competitors" to the claim of "Christianity." Absent from this book are those, somewhat more subtle, heresies that have arisen from errors in hermeneutics. An example would be the "over spiritualizing" of the texts that we find in Origen and the semi-gnostic search for "meaning" which only a select group (such as Harold Camping) have been privileged to understand. One can easily see the range in which hermeneutical error has afflicted the church in the rise of preterism and the denial of a future historical content to Scriptural prophecy including the return of Christ and the bodily resurrection of the dead.

But, as an introduction to the landscape and as a clarion call for Christians to take up again the sword of truth, comprehensively revealed in the Scriptures and comprehensively commanded to be preached by Christians as foundational to their witness, Prof. McGoldrick has done good work.

I would recommend it to all Christians and to any secular reader who is interested in understanding what differentiates the various Christian denominations from their competitors.
Lonesome Orange Kid
Very easy to read, quite informative, logically laid out. This is an excellent resource for personal enjoyment, a Sunday School class, or an introductory course in a higher education or Christian school setting.
Christianity and Its Competitors: The New Faces of Old Heresies download epub
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Author: James McGoldrick
ISBN: 1845501403
Category: History
Subcategory: World
Language: English
Publisher: Christian Focus; Revised edition edition (July 20, 2006)
Pages: 208 pages