In easy-to-understand chapters, the author explains the basic beliefs of Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormonism, New Age and a dozen other belief systems of the world. It will help you recognize the real differences and make it easier to explain and share your faith with others. Completely revised and updated.
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Customer Reviews for So What's the Difference - eBook
This book is very easy to read and understand yet very informative on different religions. It helped me understand co-workers of different religions. It helps to know what someone believes or is taught when witnessing to them.
A great simple and understandable presentation of a very complex subject. Ridenour brings an understanding of the core beliefs of major religions and Christian cults. If you want a book on the topic that can be readily grasped by the ordinary joe without any great academic training then this is it. I have used and recommended it for the past 49 years.
This is a very good book for some basic comparison of major religions throughout the world. We gave it to our son, who is struggling with what he believes and he was thrilled. I also got one for us, just because we were interested in what other people believe. I doesn't cover ALL the world religions and it would be nice if it did have some more in it; but it is easy to understand and fills in a lot of the gaps in what we already knew.
This is a dangerous book. If you read it as it is, it seems okay, but if you look up many of his references, you will discover that what Ridenour often quoted as true is not. Nearly every section of the book quoted references that are now online and it is easy to discover that the statements in the book are based on misquotes or misinterpretations of the original material. One of the crutches Ridenour used was to quote people quoting others - for example - quoting a book that quotes the Book of Mormon. He did not look up the material in the Book of Mormon to see what it really says. Unfortunately for Ridenour, the Book of Mormon is now online and it is easy for a reader to find out what it really says and this often contradicts what Ridenour wrote. Almost every section of the book has errors. The book's cover claims "Over one million sold" - that means a lot of people got a lot of bad information. This book needs to be thoroughly rewritten and every reference needs to be checked for accuracy. I would estimate that approximately 25 percent of what is in it is wrong.
Being raised in Christian Science I decided to take a look at what Mr. Ridenour wrote about the religion I knew best. Unfortunately there were an incredible amount of inaccuracies regarding his impression of the doctrines of Christian Science. This obviously leads me to wonder what misinterpretations of other peoples' faiths he included in other sections. This is obviously a book written with an incredible amount of bias for an audience that shares his same bias and disinterest in understanding the beliefs of others. An unfortunate product that will likely create more misunderstanding and mistrust amongst people of different beliefs.
Very easy and understandable read. At the end of each faith/worldview/religion chapter there is a great "So What's the Difference" synopsis explaining how the various beliefs compare with the biblical Christian faith.
We used this text in a small group study and found it to be a great resource. It is up to date and led to good discussion and further study. It does not discuss Scientology which is in the news today. Would highly recommend it.