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A FairMormon Analysis of: The Kingdom of the Cults, a work by author: Walter Martin, Hank Hanegraaff (editor)
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The current manifestations of sectarian anti-Mormonism are in large measure part of a malady long present on American soil. The modern sectarian countercult movement, whose dimensions and disposition I will examine in this essay, is but one more episode in a series of manifestations of religious bigotry. Hostility to those with different interpretations of the Bible or with different understandings of divinity has a long and undistinguished history in America—it has never entirely abated.
Walter Martin died of heart failure on 26 June 1989 at age 60. More than eight years later his best-known publication, The Kingdom of the Cults, was republished by his disciples.4 He began attacking the faith of the Latter-day Saints in the 1950s. He did this because he believed that they belong to what he capriciously called a "cult." The anti-Mormon portion of The Kingdom of the Cults turns out to be another version of some rather fatuous religious polemics originally published thirty years earlier.5 Even in 1965, when this book first appeared in print, it was essentially an expanded version of two other earlier essays, the first of which has been around more than forty years.
- Robert L. and Rosemary Brown, They Lie In Wait To Deceive, Vol. 2: The Amazing Story of How "Dr" Walter Martin, Wayne Cowdrey, Howard Davis, and Donald Scales, and Other Professional Anti-Mormons Work to Obstruct and Distort the Truth (Brownsworth Publishing Co. Inc., 1984), 1.
- Robert L. and Rosemary Brown, They Lie In Wait To Deceive, Vol. 3: The Amazing Story of How "Dr." or "Prof." Walter R. Martin, A Professional Anti-Mormon, Works to Obstruct and Distort the Truth, edited by Barbara Beckstead Ellsworth, (Brownsworth Publishing Co.; Revised Edition edition, 1993), 1.