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Martin, Walter, 1928-1989



  • Existence: 1928 - 1989

Biographical History

Walter Martin (1928-1989) was a Baptist minister who taught apologetic Christian ideas to the Protestant community and authored many books.

Walter Ralston Martin was born 10 September 1928 in Brooklyn, New York to George Washington Martin and Maud Ainsworth. He was the youngest of six children. He graduated in 1952 from Shelton College with a Becholor of Arts. That same year he married Elaine Lois Jacobsen and together they had one child. In 1951 he was ordained a Baptist minister and started to preach to various congregations. He spoke and published about cults and in 1955 founded the Division of Cult Apologetics. Walter R. Martin published various books with the aim to teach Protestants to live their Christian faith more fully. Some of these works include: The Jehovah of the Watchtower, The Chrstian Science Myth, The Christian and the Cults and the Rise of the Cults. In 1975 he started to broadcast "The Bible Answer Man." He traveled and spoke at various conferences, published articles, visited congregations, taught bible classes gave international tours and appeared on radio shows. He died at his home on June 26, 1989 at the age of 60.

Citation:, 20 October 2016 (b. 10 September 1928 in Brooklyn, New York; Walter R. Marin; d. 26 June 1989 at home San Juan Capistrana, California; married to Darlene Martin; 1951 ordained Baptist minister; 1952 graduated from Shelton College with Bachelor of the Arts and taught there from 1953-1954; 1960 Founded Christian Research Institute, president for almost 30 years; 1962 wrote Essential Christianity; 1965 "Professor of the Year" at King's College and wrote the Kingdome of the Cults; moved to California from New Jewsey in 1974; 1975 started to broadcast "The Bible Answer Man"; taught bible classes; 1989 wrote The New Age Cult; d. 26 June 1989, age 60), 20 October 2016 (b. 1928 New York City, parents George Washington Martin and Maud Ainsworth; raised in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, six siblings; age 17 married Patricia Alice Toner, divorced; June 1952 married Elaine Lois Jacobsen, had five children but divorced; 1973 married Darlene Nesland, had one child and remainded married until his death; graduated with B.A. in 1951 from Shelton College and then a Bachelor of Religious Education degree in 1952; recieved a Master of Arts degree at New York University in 1956; obtained a Ph.D. from California Coast University in 1976; ordained a baptist minister in 1951 and was paster in varous churches 1950-1960's; Studied cults and answered questions about the Bible; published various cult apologetic books including the Jehovah of the Watchtower, The Christian Science Myth, The Christian and the Cults, The Maze of Mormonism, The Rise of the Cults; established the Christian Research Insititute; taught and gave apologetic christian conferences, sought to teach christian protestants)

Familysearch, 20 October 2016 (b. 10 September 1928, Brooklyn, Kings, New York; Walter Ralston Martin; parents George Washington Martin and Maude Ainsworth; youngest of six siblings; d. 26 June 1989, San Juan Capistrano, Orange, California)., 20 October 2016 (b. 10 September 1928, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York; d. 26 June 1989, San Juan Capistrano, Orange County, California; married to Darlene; parents, George Washington Martin and Maud Ainsworth Martin, buried El Toro Memorial Park, Orange County, California)

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

The maze of Mormonism

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230307438]
Identifier: MSS SC 957
Scope and Contents

Typewritten copy of a speech critical of the doctrines of the Mormon Church probably written in 1970. Dr. Martin attacks that faith as having false teachings in a number of areas, but his main emphasis is on the Mormon view of God and the Trinity.

Dates: 1970

Steven L. Mayfield published materials, 1950-2007

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3088 Series 6
Scope and Contents

Contains pamphlets and books published by notable anti-Mormon authors such as Walter R. Martin, Ed Decker, and Sandra and Jerald Tanner about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, cults, etc.

Dates: 1950-2007