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What's the Big Deal About Other Religions? A Review of the Book by John Ankerberg & Dillon Burroughs

Have you ever wondered what the big deal is about other religions? Maybe you wanted to discover more but didn’t know where to begin. Whether you seek information about the basics or desire a starting point for research, What’s the Big Deal About Other Religions? is the perfect place to start.

Fundamentals of Sixteen Religions

Five sections take the reader through the history and beliefs of the major religions. We meet the founders of each, glimpse the holy books that guide them and compare them to Biblical Christianity.

The first section establishes a control group of sorts with an introduction to Jesus, a definition of biblical Christianity and a description of its unique nature. Six foundational areas are established and utilized throughout the book for comparison to other religions. The next chapter discusses Roman Catholicism and what makes it different from biblical Christianity. Though they “share a common origin and some overlapping beliefs,” the book states. “[T]hey are ultimately two separate faiths under the broad umbrella of Christianity.”

Section two discusses the other one-God religions, Judaism and Islam, while the third focuses on the four of the most popular alternative religions, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Wicca and Kabbalah. Next, readers learn about Eastern religions Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism and Shintoism. The final section discusses multi-god and anti-God religions, the New Age movement, Agnosticism and Atheism.

Clear, Concise and Understandable

The foundations used for comparison are God, holy book, sin, Jesus, salvation and afterlife. Discussion about each religion ends with a comparison to Christianity using a chart of the foundational areas. For instance: salvation from the Roman Catholicism perspective – “Justification is obtained by doing meritorious works that cooperate with God’s grace, with focus upon the seven sacraments.” In contrast, the biblical Christianity perspective is, “Justification is obtained only by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ, not by human effort or a result of cooperating with God’s grace.”

For those who want to better understand belief systems different from their own, this book shares adequate information. While it doesn’t go in-depth, it presents the basics in clear terms.