Thursday, September 18, 2008

Book review - Unification Church

I recently read Unification Church by J. Isamu Yamaoto. It is a short book (85 pages), but is well organized and uses an outline form to pack as much information as possible into a small space. This book is just one in a series put out by Zondervan on cults and religious movements.

It starts off with an introduction - historical background on the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, how he started the church, and statistics on the church.

Part 2 is the main part of the book - theology. The book talks about various aspects of Unification theology and how it differs from historical Christianity, using the Bible to refute Moon's teachings. It covers divine revelation, sin, salvation, Christ & the Trinity, resurrection, and heaven & hell.

Part 3 is witnessing tips - how to approach a Unificationist, and what approaches to avoid. Very good suggestions here if you plan on witnessing to a church member.

Part 4 is a bibliography - books for further study, both from the Unification perspective and the Christian perspective.

Part 5 is a sort of summary of part 2 - an at-a-glance chart with Unification theology on one side and Bible verses refuting it on the other.

I recommend this book for anyone wanting to know more about the Rev. Moon and his church.

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6 comments:

Pendell said...

Be that as it may, they own a fine newspaper (www.washtimes.com).

Respectfully,

Brian P.

Arthur_of_Old said...

Not as conservative as the "Post"?=-)

Washington Post, that is. I think it is owned by Sun Myung Moon. =-0

Pendell said...

Got it reversed, Brad. The Washington Times is owned by Sun Myung Moon. The Washington Post just recently changed ownership as the original owner (Graham?) recently died.

Peter said...

Hi Victoria, I am a Unificationist from England. The reason I came across your blog is quite simple: To study the world of "blogging"!!! Therefore naturally, I was very curious what is all written under the terminology 'Unification Church'. Shocked? Please, don't! I have no desire to missionize you in any way, but equally I have no desire to end up in endless arguments over my religious viewpoints. However, I just want to let you know, I share the same fastination about low-carbohydrate diets with you (and of religion). That's all what I wanted to say. (By the way, the hype about Atkins is long over in England, it seemed to have ebbed away a while ago. But I am 100% convinced, it is the best method to loose weight, and similarily like you to balance it sensitibly out at a later point in time.)

Arthur_of_Old said...

I wasn't sure about it but had been told the "Post". Thanks Brian.

size8jeans said...

I just looked it up. Moon founded the Washington Times in 1982.