Friday, February 23, 2007

I thought I'd answer another great question that came in this week: "What is the difference between the 2003 edition and the 1999 edition of The Kingdom of the Cults?"

1. The 2003 edition is faithful to my father's original 1965 edition. We literally laid one document over the other (1965 chapter over the 1985, etc., to bring back my father's "voice."

2. Revised and returned the chapter on Spiritism.

3. Deleted all 1999 editorial comments unless they contributed something to the original manuscript.

4. Deleted the chapter on The Mind-Control Model since my father did not believe it and would never have included it in his book.

5. Deleted the Word of Faith appendix because it was written without using my father's material on Word of Faith. Although my father believed there was serious error in the Word of Faith doctrine, he would never have included this in The Kingdom of the Cults.

6. Completely updated all chapters (with a significant amount of new material) to reflect recent events, information and statistics without chopping up my father's voice (we used a small mark to indicate new material).

7. Brought on Kurt Van Gorden as Senior Researcher ( Kurt is an old friend of the family and my father's best researcher. His knowledge was (and is) invaluable to us.

8. Removed 1999 General Editor and Managing Editors, and added Ravi Zacharias and yours truly (along with my husband, Kevin) as General Editor and Managing Editors, respectively.

This was an amazing experience for us--difficult to accomplish--but rewarding. My father always joked with all of his kids that we wouldn't appreciate him until he was gone. Although I loved him dearly, he was right in saying that I didn't fully appreciate some things about him until he was no longer here. Working on The Kingdom of the Cults, I grew to admire him more and more--and to feel honored to be able to work with him--even though he was with the Lord.

I think that's it . . . but if I come up with anything else, I'll let you know.


Shawn McGrath said...

Hi Mrs. Martin-Riche:

Did James White not have a large part to play in one of the editions of the KOTC books? How do you feel about his input?

5:50 PM  
Jill Martin Rische said...

Hi Shawn,

James White was not a researcher/writer on any edition of Kingdom of the Cults.

Thanks for posting,


10:59 PM  
Shawn McGrath said...

Dear Jill:

Thank you for your comments. Dr. White did however mention on his webcast that he did do some editing on one of the editions or at least I think that's what he said.

Thanks again

7:40 PM  
Jill Martin Rische said...

He might have done some editing on the 1999 edition--you can always email Gretchen Passantino and ask her.


Take care,


10:14 PM  

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