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Christianity and World Religions DVD: Wrestling with Questions People Ask

By Adam Hamilton (Author)
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Christianity and World Religions is the third title in our series of video-based small-group studies from Adam Hamilton. Like Making Love Last a Lifetime and Confronting the Controversies, the study is designed as a "fishing expedition," with tools and helps that will enable congregations to make the study a church-wide and community-wide outreach event, including sermon starters and promotion aids.

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Adam Hamilton, named by PBS s Religion and Ethics Newsweekly as one of the top Ten People to Watch, has created an inviting new series of video-and-book studies on love and marriage, life issues, world religions, and Christian denominations. Hamilton calls these small-group studies fishing expeditions, because they include tools for congregation wide and communitywide programs to draw in new members.

Christianity and World Religions: Wrestling With Questions People Ask is a video-based small-group study and outreach program that explores four major world religions- Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism and compares the beliefs of each with those of Christianity. This six-week study deals openly and honestly with questions people ask about other religions, including why we should believe the claims of Christianity over those of other faiths. As part of the study, author and presenter Adam Hamilton interviews a religious leader from each tradition. He treats the world religions with great respect, recognizing the unique contributions of each.

In examining these major world religions and the beliefs of their followers, the Reverend Hamilton urges us as Christians to build bridges with others so that we might grow in our faith, seek peace in our world, love our neighbor, and find positive ways to share the gospel. Six 15 - minute video segments feature Hamilton's message on world religions and comments from leaders of those faiths. To view a video clip from Christianity and World ReligionsDVD click here For more information about Adam Hamilton's studies, go to

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Christianity and World Religions is the third title in our series of video-based small-group studies from Adam Hamilton. Like Making Love Last a Lifetime and Confronting the Controversies, the study is designed as a fishing expedition, with tools and helps that will enable congregations to make the study a church-wide and community-wide outreach event, including sermon starters and promotion aids.

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Format: Audiobook
Studio: Abingdon Press
Record Label   Abingdon Press
Format   Audiobook
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.3" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.13 lbs.
Binding  DVD Video
Release Date   Aug 1, 2005
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN  0687497817  
ISBN13  9780687497812  

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More About Adam Hamilton

Adam Hamilton Adam Hamilton is senior pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, one of the fastest growing, most highly visible churches in the country. The Church Report named Hamilton's congregation the most influential mainline church in America, and PBS s Religion and Ethics Newsweekly identified him as one of the top Ten People to Watch. Hamilton is the best-selling and award-winningauthor of Why? Making Sense of God's Will, 24 Hours that Changed the World, Enough, When Christians Get It Wrong, Confronting the Controversies, Making Love Last a Lifetime, Unleashing the Word, Leading Beyond the Walls, Selling Swimsuits in the Arctic, Christianity and World Religions, Christianity's Family Tree and Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White, all published by Abingdon Press.

Adam Hamilton currently resides in Leawood, in the state of Kansas. Adam Hamilton was born in 1964.

Adam Hamilton has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Abingdon Press & the Church of the Resurrection Ministry Gui
  2. Call
  3. John
  4. Not a Silent Night Advent
  5. Revival
  6. Way

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Outstanding Study resource  Feb 2, 2010
Adam Hamilton presents many thoughtful challenges about how Christians should view other world religions. The material provided a great resource for a 10 week Sunday School study including many dynamic discussion topics. In addition to providing a brief understandable summary of other's beliefs and practices, he provides many insightful comparisons with Christianity. There is also available a DVD video containing 5 15-minute presentations by Adam Hamilton and a guide which includes additional ideas for discussion. In an age when we are becoming more globally connected and encountering many more Americans of non-Christian faith, this book is recommended highly.
Insight and not Ignorance  Nov 8, 2009
This is a must read for Christians to learn about other faiths. It compares and contrasts other religions against christianity and offers insight into how other religions came about. I am still reading, but I have learned a lot already. It teaches how to love all!
Ecumenism through apologia  Apr 11, 2009
This book was the basis for a class I took at my United Methodist church in an 8-week series, which incorporated viewing the supplemental DVD, plus a 50-minute lecture each by 4 local religious experts: a rabbi, a Buddhist nun, an imam, and a professor of Hindu studies.

Subtitled "Wrestling with Questions People Ask", this book presupposes that the reader is a Christian who's curious about 4 other major world religions. The author states in his introduction "I believe that if Christianity does offer us the truth about God, it can withstand a serious study of other religions."

However, this book doesn't claim that it's a "serious study" in 133 pages; it merely introduces basic precepts of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Islam from a framework where Christians can draw analogies from dogma with which they are most familiar.

Hamilton doesn't cite any other religious writings besides the Protestant Christian Bible. It left some of us in class wondering if this was through fear that directly quoting the Quran, Tao Te Ching, Vedas, or Talmud would misrepresent them "out of context", that it would be considered blasphemy, or that it would "proselytize" us to convert away from Methodism! We were frustrated that other scriptures/commentaries were not allowed to speak for themselves, but were filtered through Hamilton's conclusions.

The book isn't arranged according to the chronological emergence of the religions it discusses, but in an order that places Christianity in the easily defensible final position.

Hamilton on Hinduism: "In Hinduism, God is in everything and everything is part of God." The professor of Hindu studies who spoke to us refuted this by clarifying that Hindus believe we are not *part* of the Divine, not little separate god entities walking around; the Divine is everywhere. I understand it to mean we're more like windows or conduits to the Divine -- similar to Christians allowing others to see Christ through them.

Hamilton on Buddhism: "The ultimate goal of existence is a kind of extinction in which whatever is left of one's energy is snuffed out like a candle, dissipated into the universe." The Buddhist nun who spoke to our class addressed the impermanence of this world. I understand this as an idea emphasized in the Christian Bible that Hamilton couldn't relate to Buddhism; he interpreted it into a clumsy candle simile that frightens people attached to impermanent individualism.

Hamilton on Islam: "So the Quran speaks not of sparing the sword when enemies attack you, and killing them all if necessary." The imam who spoke to us said that particular controversial scripture refers to a battlefield instruction to warriors, not to non-warriors in times of peace. For me, it's equivalent to the Old Testament instruction to Elijah to kill the 450 prophets of Baal; a historical context that Hamilton applied to Christian scripture but failed to apply to the Muslim scripture.

Hamilton on Judaism: "For our Jewish friends, Jesus is a great teacher. He is a rabbi. He might even be a prophet. But he is not the Son of God." The rabbi who spoke to us refuted Hamilton's interpretation; rabbis did not exist during Christ's time, and Jews today don't believe Jesus was a prophet, because he lived during a time after Malachi, when God's word is no longer revealed through prophets, but through study of scripture.

The book concludes with a defense of Christianity and various "rational" illustrations and anecdotes to persuade people to become Christians, somewhat in the tradition of Christian apologetics, but without any deep philosophical or metaphysical arguments. The last chapter also reiterates the differences between Christianity and the other religions presented, reducing a broader sense of worldwide Ecumenism into a narrower sense of Christian Inclusivism.

This book gets a star for opening a dialogue about other religions and for encouraging Christians to respect and understand the basic tenets of other religions. It gets another star for the author admitting in his Introduction that he is not an expert and cannot be completely objective despite his best efforts.
great for group discussion  Jan 24, 2009
We are using this as a study in Sunday School. It is a great overview of several world religions, as well as Christianity. The DVD of Adam Hamilton and his interviews with people from those other religions gives added insight. It has sparked lively discussion, and additional questions, from out group.
Enlightening  Sep 15, 2008
Due to the size of Church of the Resurrection, Adam was able to do indepth long term research into the subjects included in this book. Other religions could have been covered, but the ones here are a good start for any one wanting to know more about World Religions and their founders.

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