The Kingdom of the Cults

  • by Walter Martin
  • Narrated by Maurice England
  • 39 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

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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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- Lyndon

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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- Tom

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-22-2013
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.