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Web sites containing lists of CCM groups:

bulletEvangelical Ministries to New Religions (EMNR) has a list at: "EMNR Links." See: http://www.emnr.org/links.html
bulletYahoo! maintains a list combining CCM and ACM groups at: http://dir.yahoo.com/

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Some websites of North American CCM groups:

The following are arranged in alphabetic order:

bulletApologetics Index (formerly called the Christian Ministry Report & Apologetics Index) at: http://www.apologeticsindex.org/
bulletBiblical Discernment Ministries, P.O. Box 679, Bedford; IN 47421-0679. See: http://rapidnet.com/  This group has 168 reports available, which deal with a variety of topics: cults, new age, whether Christmas is Christian, etc. They publish a bimonthly newsletter called The BDM Letter which is available for a donation of $5/year
bulletThe Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry (CARM) at: http://www.carm.org/ This is a very large web site. It is rated by Hitbox.com as the most visited counter-cult website, and about #14 in the list of most-visited religious web sites.
bulletThe Believer's Web has many articles about sects, cults and non-Christian religions. See: http://www.believersweb.org/
bulletChristian Research Institute, (CRI) PO Box 500, Aan Juan Capistrano, CA, 92693. See: http://www.equip.org/ See: CRI in CRIsis at: http://idt.net/ and On the Edge at: http://www.geocities.com/
bulletCult Information Service at http://www.cultinformationservice.org/
bulletDialog Center appears to be both a counter-cult and anti cult group at: http://www.dci.dk/en/ 
bulletDifferent Gospels is primarily a counter-cult group but has aspects of anti-cult beliefs. See: http://www-personal.si.umich.edu/
bullet"Evangelical Ministries to New Religions" has a web site at: http://www.emnr.org/ They organize conferences for individuals and groups working in the CCM. They also encourage high standards within the CCM.
bulletEvangelical Outreach has a menu of "Cults and False Teachings" at: http://www.evangelicaloutreach.org/
bulletEvidence Ministries focuses on the Jehovah's Witnesses and the Mormon movement. See: http://www.evidenceministries.org/
bulletFocus on the Faulty: The Religious Research Project at: http://www.focusonthefaulty.com/
bulletMacGregor Ministries, at: http://www.macgregorministries.org/ 
bulletModern Oriental Cults at: http://religion-cults.com/
bulletSpiritual Counterfeits Project, PO Box 4308, Berkeley CA, 94704. See: http://www.scp-inc.org/
bulletWatchman Fellowship, PO Box 7681, Columbus, GA, 31908. See: http:www.watchman.org

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Books on new religious movements by CCM authors:

Their prime focus is to describe how the theological beliefs of various new religious movements deviate from historical Christianity. The books are generally published by Fundamentalist or other Evangelical publishers. They vary greatly in objectivity:

bulletRichard Abanes, "Cults, New Religious Movements and your Family: A Guide to Ten Non-Christian Groups out to Convert your Loved Ones." Crossway Books, (1998) Read reviews and/or order this book from Amazon.com
bulletRichard Abanes, "Defending the Faith: A Beginner's Guide to Cults and New Religions,." Baker Book House, (1998) Review and/or order
bulletJohn Ankerberg & John Weldon, "Encyclopedia of New Age Beliefs," Harvest House, Eugene OR, (1996)
bulletHubert Beck, "The Cults: How to Respond ," Concordia, St. Louis, MO, (1995) Review and/or order
bulletRon Carlson & Ed. Decker, "Fast Facts on False Teachings," Harvest House, Eugene OR (1994) Review and/or order
bulletBob Larson, "Larson's New Book of Cults" Tyndale House, Wheaton IL (1989) Review and/or order
bulletWalter Martin, "The Kingdom of the Cults", Bethany House, Minneapolis MN (1997) Review and/or order
bulletTexe Marrs, "Texe Marrs Book of New Age Cults & Religions," Living Truth Publishers, Austin TX (1990)
bulletJosh McDowell & Don Stewart, "The Occult: The Authority of the Believer over the Powers of Darkness," Here's Life Publ., San Bernardino CA, (1992)
bulletIrvine Robertson, "What the Cults Believe," Moody Press, Chicago, IL, (1991) Review and/or order
bulletRuth Tucker, "Another Gospel: Alternative religions and the New Age Movement," Zondervan, Grand Rapids MI, (1989)  Review and/or order
bulletWilliam Watson, "A Concise Dictionary of Cults & Religions," Moody Press, Chicago IL, (1991)  Out of print but may be available
bulletWilliam Whalen, "Strange Gods: Contemporary Religious Cults in America," Our Sunday Visitor, Huntington IN (1981) Out of print but may be available
bulletEldon Winker, "The New Age is Lying to You," Concordia, St. Louis, MO, (1994) Review and/or order

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Books on new religious movements by academic authors:

Their prime focus is to explain objectively the theology of various new faith groups:

bulletDavid Barrett, "Sects, 'Cults' & Alternative Religions," Blandford, London UK, (1996) Order this book from amazon.com
bulletB. Beit-Hallahmi, "Illustrated Encyclopedia of Active New Religions, Sects and Cults." Rosen Publ., New York, NY (1997) Covers 1200 active new religious movements. Read reviews and/or order this book from Amazon.com
bulletJohn Biermans, "The Odyssey of New Religious Movements: A Case Study of the Unification Church," Edwin Mellen, Lewiston NY (1986) Order it
bulletGeorge Mather & Larry Nichols, "Dictionary of Cults, Sects, Religions and the Occult," Zondervan, Grand Rapids, MI, (1993) Read reviews and/or order (Compares group beliefs with traditional Christianity)
bulletFrank Mead & Samuel Hill, "Handbook of Denominations in the United States, 10th ed.," Abingdon, Nashville TN (1995) Review and/or order
bulletJ. Gordon Melton, Ed., "The Encyclopedia of American Religions, 5th ed." (3 volume set), Gale Research (1996) Review and/or order
bulletJ. Gordon Melton, Ed., "Religious Bodies in the United States: A Directory," Garland Publ, (1992) Review and/or order
bulletTimothy Miller, Ed, "America's Alternative Religions," SUNY Press, Albany NY, (1995) Review and/or order
bulletJohn Saliba, "Understanding New Religious Movements," Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, MI, (1995) Review and/or order
bulletJ.R. Lewis & J.G. Melton, Eds., Church Universal and Triumphant, in Scholarly Perspective", Center for Academic Publication, Stanford CA (1994)
bulletS.J. Gelberg, "On Leaving the 'Hare Krishnas'", Communities, Issue 88, Fall 1995, Route 1, Box 155, Rutledge MO 63563. Cost is $4.50 in the US.

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A book on the CCM itself:

bullet Douglas E. Cowan, "Bearing False Witness?: An Introduction to the Christian Countercult" Praeger Publishers, (2003). Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store. The Amazon.com review of this book states:

"From Hare Krishna to the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and from Jehovah's Witnesses to the New Age, religious pluralism in North American presents evangelical Protestantism with significant challenges. Declaring newer religious groups "cults," "aberrant sects," and "heretical religions," the Christian countercult movement has warned that these groups represent a threat to society. In Bearing False Witness? Cowan considers the Christian countercult as a whole, locating it in sociological perspective as an entity distinct from the secular anti-cult. Through his analysis, the author argues that the primary purpose of the countercult movement is to reinforce and repair the Christian worldview when it appears threatened by the advent of alternative religious traditions. This unique analysis of the Christian countercult helps explain why conservative Christian responses to competing religious movements have taken the form that they have in addition to how those responses are carried out."

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Amazon.com's search facility lists the following books on the topic of "cults:"

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