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Walter Martin

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Jill Martin Rische is Dr. Walter Martin's eldest daughter and co-Director, along with her husband Kevin, of Religious Information Network, an umbrella non-profit that includes Walter Martin Ministries (waltermartin.com). Dr. Walter Martin is known as the founder of Christian Research Institute and the Bible Answer Man radio program. He is also the author of numerous books, including his 45 year bestseller, The Kingdom of the Cults. In 2008, Thomas Nelson released The Kingdom of the Occult, a project Walter Martin had hoped to complete during his lifetime. This 754 page reference work is co-authored by Jill Martin Rische and Kurt Van Gorden, Dr. Martin's longtime researcher and friend. Dr. Martin has an extensive audio library of teachings on Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Scientology, the Occult, Spiritism, the New Age, Buddhism, Eastern Religions, Baha'i, Islam, Unification, and many more--all available at waltermartin.com. There is also a free Listening Library with new audios added every month. Walter Martin Ministries provides answers to those searching for spiritual direction in their lives. (Many thanks to Dwayna Litz, founder and director of Lighting the Way Worldwide, for her song, "Higher Power." Excerpt from Ocean Eyes, Saltwater Room by Owl City)

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In a role-playing "Mormon at your door" scenario, Walter Martin and Ed Decker discuss the fascinating details of Mormon theology. With humor and biblical examples, they offer clear insight into some of the most difficult problems of... more

During the time of the Early Church, there arose a group of people who claimed they had superior intellect and knowledge greater than the Apostles and even Jesus Christ himself. They became known as the Gnostics, and they... more

The story of the wise men and the shepherds is history; it happened. God did it for a purpose. The story of Herod and his plot to murder an innocent child is history. The midnight flight into Egypt is history. But what is the core of... more

"In the beginning the Word was, the Word was face to face with God, and the Word was God." John's approach to Jesus Christ is the core of Christianity. He portrays him as the wisdom of God who came to reside in humankind. There... more

How did the Roman Catholic Church, as we know it today, evolve from the time of the Early Church? Is the idea of a Pope even biblical? Can a Catholic be a Christian? Walter Martin examines the history, traditions, theology and... more

If there is no resurrection, there is no hope and no future for any of us. But the God of all creation says He commands the things that are not as if they were; He calls them into existence by His own laws, organizes and reorganizes all... more

Did giants really exist? Are women as valuable as men? Did Jesus say he was the Son of God? Words are the vehicles of thought, and the Bible has plenty of them, so it is vitally important that we get the meanings right. In this fascinating... more

Making a comeback in a big way, Transcendental Meditation (TM) is alive and well today. Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly, Jerry Seinfeld, and even the United States military sing its praises--never mentioning the fact that it is Hinduism... more

Can a Christian be a Mason? What are the differences between Freemasonry and Christianity? Is it true that they are in direct conflict with one another? Walter Martin and former high-ranking Mason Luther Mies discuss the rituals and... more

Who is the Jesus of the Mormons and why is he different from the Jesus of the Bible? Did Joseph Smith Jr. and Brigham Young tell the truth about Jesus and the Bible? Is it true that Joseph Smith Jr. called all Christian churches... more
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