So What's the Difference?: A Look at 20 Worldviews, Faiths and Religions and How They Compare to Christianity

So What s the Difference A Look at Worldviews Faiths and Religions and How They Compare to Christianity So What s the Difference has been revised and updated for the st Century to help Christians better understand their own beliefs A classic first released in this revision takes a current look a

  • Title: So What's the Difference?: A Look at 20 Worldviews, Faiths and Religions and How They Compare to Christianity
  • Author: Fritz Ridenour
  • ISBN: 9780830718986
  • Page: 195
  • Format: Paperback
  • So What s the Difference has been revised and updated for the 21st Century to help Christians better understand their own beliefs A classic first released in 1967, this revision takes a current look at the answer to the question, How does orthodox biblical Christianity differ from other faiths In a straightforward, objective comparison, Fritz Ridenour explores and explaSo What s the Difference has been revised and updated for the 21st Century to help Christians better understand their own beliefs A classic first released in 1967, this revision takes a current look at the answer to the question, How does orthodox biblical Christianity differ from other faiths In a straightforward, objective comparison, Fritz Ridenour explores and explains the basic tenets of 20 worldviews, religions and faiths, including Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jehovah s Witnesses, Christian Science, New Age and Mormonism.

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    1. I was having a hard time differentiating between religions, and didn't know if I was going to buy the opinion that all religions have the same base belief. My husband had this book from when he attended Bible college and I sat down one night with it and my Bible. It took me about a week or so to get through it, and although someone who wasn't a believer might take offense, it does offer sheer facts that I've compared with other references. I came out of the experience realizing that all religion [...]

    2. Easily the most entertaining--and biased--book I've ever read. Laugh out loud moments: - Pokémon cards "entice children and youth to become fascinated with occult powers as they summon the forces on the card"- Buddhism is "one of many false religions that can leave it's followers open to demonic activity"- Wicca and witchcraft attract vulnerable teenagers with their promise of inclusion and acceptance. I suppose I should have expected a Christian author to write a biased book about other religi [...]

    3. If I could give this less than one star I would not hesitate to do so.This author takes a very hateful view of every belief that is non-evangelical Christian. He condemns all people who do not hold his Protestant, evangelical conservative point of view. Ridenour also condemns “good works” and “moral living” as a means of achieving salvation. He states that “man is saved through faith in the atoning death of Christ on the cross.” Again and again while reading I found myself questionin [...]

    4. If you're looking for an objective, unbiased view of religions, like I was, this is not the right book. I was looking for a basic summary of the plots and core beliefs, which it did to some extent, but was filtered through the eyes of a devout Christian. That's probably my own fault for expecting the wrong thing though, but it's good if you're able to look through the authors thinly veiled digs at other religions.

    5. I picked this book up looking for an easy to read primer on world religions. Warning to others: the author is not unbiased in his comparisons of religions. Because he isn't unbiased in his comparisons, I am wondering if I should trust those things he presents as facts.He is quick to dismiss the validity of other religions not his. While I think he has every right to do so, I was disappointed and nothing in the book notes would have made me guess he had written a rant. I would not call this "non- [...]

    6. This is an interesting look at world religions which offers some insightful looks at what the various groups believe. However, I found some mistakes in the version I have (pub. 1984). Having been raised Catholic I knew some of the beliefs and doctrines he accused them of were not true. This made me skeptical of whether there were other facts that were not quite accurate in his writings. In a nutshell, it is an interesting place to start and I appreciate the effort that went into it but it has fl [...]

    7. Having studied apologetics and comparative religions for several years, I found nothing in this book that I hadn't read elsewhere. That said, I can see this as a great introductory volume for Christians new to the study of other faiths. I'll certainly recommend it to others.Be advised that there are certain minor errors -- poosibly due to poor editing -- that, while not damaging in themselves, do cast some doubt on Ridenour's factual credibility. On the other hand, the treatment of the various r [...]

    8. I'm really not sure what to say about this book. I was generally informative, but lacked grace. He had a good general format with the contrast and comparison, but I'm not quite sure who he was writing for. If it was for the Christian, and I found myself often "offended" by abrasiveness at times; I can only imagine how a non-christian would experience the book. It generally felt like the author was angry as opposed to honestly and openly teaching and educating the readers. I can't say it was a wo [...]

    9. Great stuff! A very quick run through the major World Religions and how the compare to Christianity. I prefer more indepth volumes like Ruth Tucker's Another Gospel - but Ridenour's book gets right to the point and is a wonderful quick resource. (My version of So What's The Difference? was the 5th printing and only 140 pages. I would like to find the larger version for reference.)

    10. I was given this book by a friend in my bible study. I like to be informed and educated on how and why My Beliefs differ from other World Religions. Very interesting facts. This book built my faith up even more. I know I serve the one and only true God.

    11. If I could give this book a lower star rating, I absolutely would. This is absolutely the worst comparative religions book I have ever read. A more appropriate title would be "Why I'm Better Than Everyone Else." The author makes critical errors in identifying and labeling different philosophies, confuses economic/political ideologies with religious ones, and is overall hateful of every form of alternative perspective painting them all as dangerous to the mere existence of Christianity, while fav [...]

    12. An excellent book on introducing the concept of comparison religions to the layman. It's main goal is not so much apologetics as it is clarification and definition of each system's beliefs and history. It is interesting how the author often explains the religion's beliefs as if he were defending them from generalists. His main goal is to explain how each belief system differs from Biblical Christian belief, and he does well in explaining beforehand what "Biblical Christian beliefs" are.But this [...]

    13. Caveat, I did not read the entire book, but I did read all of most chapters. It was terrible, for me. It's not fair to give it only 1 star out of 5, but life ain't fair, Fritz! The book contains plenty of information, and communicates it in a mostly clear fashion, so that alone shd be enough for a rating of 2-3 out of 5. But no, I can't do it! This topic has so much potential for life-transforming writing. Instead we get a mediocre wiki page, written by a conservative geezer. Hinduism. Fritz: No [...]

    14. Fritz Ridenour gives you great information about what you would like to know about world religions. Ridenour is a theology professor at Southern California University. His students asked him one day a bunch of questions about how certain world religions differ to Christianity. So he wrote a book for his next semester students about “twenty world views and religions, and how they compare to Christianity.” The theme of the book was to let people know which religions are probably more realistic [...]

    15. Very interesting but not what I was expecting / hoping for. I thought I had picked up a book that would provide an outsider's logical and unbiased comparison of the various religions. Instead what we have here is a comparison of various religions to an 'insider's' view of Protestant Christianity (PC), each taken on in a point-by-point fashion one at a time. The author's clear and stated view is that PC is the one absolutely correct religion and all others fall short of that standard.One negative [...]

    16. I used this book for my high school comparative religion course. It is an analysis of the major world religions and cults, from a Christian perspective. Overall, I felt Ridenour was fair and as objective as he could (should) be, given his stated goal to "spell out the differences between the historic Christian faith and other views represented in major religions, cults and ideologies that are vying for the hearts and minds of people today." (p.5). This work included historic and theological surv [...]

    17. The book, So, What's the Difference? by Fritz Ridenour tells the story of how the world's religions came to be, how they work, and how they compare to the Christian faith. After reading this book I certainly more informed on not just my own religions but the other ones around the world. The way Mr. Ridenour reveals how other religions are formed is very, very enlightening. I have loved to go through different religious studies because it fascinates me on how people interpret the "second life" or [...]

    18. This is a great book to read. I used some of his material in my upcoming book. His presentation is sharp yet simple. It is written not just for ministers, but the laity also. I'm so impressed with the book that I purchased one for my brother-in-law. I don't usually purchase books for other people since you never know what another person might like. However, this easy-to-read, fact-based, impartially written book is good for anyone who wants a comparative view about other religions, while getting [...]

    19. This book is does a good job of summarizing different religions and cults if you can put up with the author continuously comparing them to Biblical Christianity and his occasional use of prejucial adjectives in his explanations of those beliefs that do not coincide with his. For each belief system, he begins with a brief history of the development of the belief system followed by the main beliefs of that system. He concludes with summarizing the major differences between it and his Biblical Chri [...]

    20. This is NOT a balanced and fair look at different religions. This book should be called "How Conservative Evangelicals view Other Religions". I have some real problems with this book. To name a few, they call Evolution a religion, Freemasons are cults, and make so many sexist statements about how women in the feminist movement causes problems that I lost track of all the times. They label "liberals" as bad people who don't believe in the word of God, but don't bother to explain what exactly a li [...]

    21. Hoped to find a reference book to help me understand the varieties of religious beliefs. Instead found this book, aimed squarely at Christians. Very off-putting to a non-Christian. Also, I found the author's "practice" of putting many terms in quotes extremely distracting and unnecessary. I could visualize hime with a pair of tweezers, disdainfully holding up for examination some term he could barely bring himself to write. The title may say "for Christians," I don't recall. I don't think it did [...]

    22. Quick look at the world's most popular religions and their beliefs and history with a admitted bias toward orthodox Protestant Christianity. You can certainly feel the underlying scoffing underneath Ridenour's history of "cults" such as the Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons. Then again, I do find it funny that some groups call themselves Christians when they either don't believe in Christ's divinity or half of what the Bible says about Christ--most of them completely ignore the Gospel of John. Goo [...]

    23. While providing a decent overview of some of the world's belief systems, the tone Ridenour takes is often condescending (both to the Christians and otherwise) and condemning. Furthermore, while the subtitle of the book appears to imply that it's written for Christians, Ridenour constantly fills unnecessarily long paragraphs repeating basic Biblical truths in contrast with the tenants of whatever faith he is discussing. While, sure, truth bears repeating, he does so ad nauseum and to the distract [...]

    24. I taught through this book with my tenth grade class. For covering a ton of ground in a small space in an approachable way, hard to beat. Ridenour distinguishes not just Christian, non-Christian religions, and cults, but has good chapters on Protestantism, Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy. Even while noting significant difference, he maintains the fundamental legitimacy--agreement with primary Christian doctrine--of these three branches of the church. It's rare to be able identify signifi [...]

    25. I was so enthralled by this book that I read it all the way through in one setting. My grandfather was a preacher and he recommended this to my mother and she in turn recommened it to me. This book is very thorough in explaining most of the major world religions/cults and compairing them to orthodox Christianity. I've studied religion for a while now and this book opened my eyes to many things I didn't know. I would recommend this to anyone interrested in knowing more about world religions from [...]

    26. A good laymen view of the major world religions in contrast with Christianity. Fairly biased as a result but still worthwhile, particularly for Christians or folks with Christian upbringing.The book intends to discredit other religions by using quotes from an English translation of a Christian bible, asserting their validity without any further discussion. Therefore its bias is immediately apparent and in my opinion a bit unfortunate, but that is effectively inline with what the book claims to b [...]

    27. I read this with my mentor and it led to a lot of good discussion, because it gives a very concise overview of a lot of religions and worldviews. However, the "what's the difference" sections of each chapter were very antagonistic and alarmist, especially in the worldviews that are part of modern culture. The way to understand other faiths and worldviews is to talk to the people who hold them. Ridenour writes about other faiths as if he merely researched them instead of engaging with believers a [...]

    28. My Sunday School class has done a series this summer on world religions. We've had visitors from half a dozen religions each take a Sunday or two to come share their faith with our class. It's been enlightening, to say the least.I bought this particular book so I'd have more background to the presentations. I was a little disappointed that the entire book is from a Christian perspective and thus each religion discussed is from a stance of disbelief. I think I would prefer a book that just stated [...]

    29. So far I really have enjoyed this book, I'm only about 2 chapters through it and it has already given me so much insight. For me understanding other religions has really given me a clearer perpective and a stark constrast into other religions and other's beliefs. The comparsion of Christ and His work on the cross cannot even compare to the other religions of the world. Reading this book really has solidified my own walk and faith in Christ all over again!!!

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