Saturday, July 4, 2009

Kingdom of the Cults (1984) Armstrongism Bibliography

I have read what Walter Martin's The Kingdom of the Cults had to say about Armstrongism in both the 1984 and 2005 editions. I actually preferred the 2005 entry, as it mentioned some of the many false prophecies made by HWA, which are not mentioned in the 1984 version. The 1984 account of Armstrongism is mainly focused on doctrinal issues, critiquing British-Israelism, Armstrongism's understanding of the nature of God, Jesus' incarnation, etc.

But one thing really irritated me in the 2005 edition. If I recall correctly, aside from footnotes of some old Plain Truth issues, it only refers the interested reader to a few books on this topic which are all written from a very pro-new WCG/GCI perspective. Thus the interested researcher in Armstrongism, reading this book, is only referred to WCG's and their supporters' side of the story.

This is in great contrast with the 1984 edition which mentioned many resources on Armstrongism in its bibliography, though doubtless many are now extremely difficult to find. Hence here is the bibliography of the 1984 edition. Since they are not using it someone might as well find some use for it.


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Campbell, Roger. "Herbert W. Armstrong: Does he Really have the 'Plain Truth'?" Moody Monthly, October, 1972.

Campbell, Roger. "Herbert W. Armstrong: Mr. Confusion." The Kings Business, February, 1962.

Darby, Knutson and Campbell. The Delusions of Herbert W. Armstrong. A reprint of The Discerner, January-March, 1962.

Hopkins, Joseph Martin. (No title) Christianity Today, December 17, 1971.

Eternity. "Mr. Jones, Meet Herbert W. Armstrong," October, 1972.

Tarr, Leslie. Herbert W. Armstrong: Does he Really have the 'Plain Truth'" Moody Monthly, September, 1972.


Anderson, Stanley E. Armstrongism's 300 Errors Exposed by 1300 Bible Verses. Nashville: Church Growth Publications, 1973.

Benware, Paul N. Ambassadors of Armstrongism: An Analysis of the History and Teachings of the Worldwide Church of God. Philadelphia: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1975.

Buchner, J. L. F. Armstrongism Bibliography. Sydney, Australia: the author, 1983.

Chambers, Roger R. The Plain Truth about Armstrongism. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1972.

De Roach, Charles F. The Armstrong Error. Plainfield: Logos International, 1971.

Grant, Robert G. The Plain Truth about the Armstrong Cult. (No imprint)

Hopkins, Joseph M. The Armstrong Empire. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1974.

Kirban, Salem. The Plain Truth about the Plain Truth. Huntingdon Valley, Pa.: Salem Kirban, Inc. 1970.

Larson, Egon. Strange Cults and Sects. New York: Hart Publishing Co., 1972.

Leyendecker, Ruth and Wayne, with Roger F. Campbell. "We Escaped from Armstrongism." In James R. Adair and Ted Miller, eds. We Found Our Way Out. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1965.

Lowe, Harry W. Radio Church of God: How its teachings differ from those of Seventh-Day Adventists. Mountain View, Calif.: Pacific Press Publishing Association, 1970.

Marson, Richard A. The Marson Report Concerning Herbert W. Armstrong. Seattle: The Ashley-Calvin Press, 1970.

Ord, David R. The Jet-Set Galatians. Exeter, Devon, U. K.: The Paternoster Press, 1982.

Piepkorn, Arthur C. Profiles in Belief (vol. 4). San Francisco: Harper & Row Publishers, Inc., 1979.

Petersen, William J. Those Curious New Cults. New Canaan, Conn.: Keats Publishing, 1973.

Smith, Noel. Herbert W. Armstrong and His World of Tomorrow. Springfield: Bible Baptist Tribune, 1964.

Smith, Paul B. Other Gospels. Denver: Gospel Advance Press, 1970.

Sumner, Robert L. Herbert W. Armstrong: False Prophet. Murfreesboro, Tenn.: Sword of the Lord Foundation, 1961.

Wilson, Paul. The Armstrong Heresy: A Brief Examination. Denver: Wilson Foundation, n.d.

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