Apocalypse Delayed: The Story of Jehovah's Witnesses, Third Edition. M. JAMES Read Online · Download PDF; Save; Cite this Item. Table of Contents. Apocalypse delayed: the story of Jehovah's Witnesses. byPenton, M. James, For print-disabled users. Borrow this book to access EPUB and PDF files . Apocalypse Delayed By M. James Penton There days are numbered! http:// ritipulmama.cf
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Apocalypse Delayed: The Story of Jehovah's Witnesses, Third Edition, For almost thirty years, M. James Penton's Apocalypse Delayed has been the definitive. Penton, M. James: Apocalypse Delayed: The Story of Jehovah's Witnesses. Toronto, Buffalo, and London: University of Toronto Press, 3rd ed. Apocalypse delayed by M. James Penton, , University of Toronto Press edition, in English.
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Criticism of Jehovah's Witnesses - Wikipedia Jehovah's Witnesses have attracted criticism from mainstream Christianity, members of the medical community, former members and commentators over their beliefs and Jehovah's Witnesses, Anti-semitism and the Secrets of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society aka Better Known as The Jehovah's Witnesses. By Robert Howard. Thus, Penton does not shy away from pointing out that the Watch Tower society lacks a fully coherent and systematic theology since so many of its beliefs are arrived at on an ad hoc basis and even contradict previously published claims, sometimes with endorsement of a claim and its contradiction moving back and forth several times over the movement's history, sometimes with a single president Russell's wavering on whether Witnesses were under the "New Covenant" or from one president to the next Russell's advocacy of abstaining from marriage to Rutherford's lukewarm endorsement of marriage.
When there is evidence for duplicity in , to try to shore up their power, the Board of Directors tossed around the idea of saying that the harvesting of the , began in with the beginning of the space age, rather than , Penton calls it out.
This doesn't prevent Penton from following leads and seeing where they end up, even invoking the principle of charity. Any criticism of Watch Tower beliefs or practices is arrived at purely rationally in terms of documented effects that practices have had or in terms of contradictory claims that arise.
When a claim is purely empirically verifiable, e. This doesn't lead to a condemnation, rather the purpose is to engage the reader in an examination that is all the richer precisely because it doesn't leave common sense at the doorstep. To see the alternative to this, read some histories of American denominations or of The Second Great Awakening where historians or religious studies scholars since the s usually bend over backwards never to make claims about whether miracles did or didn't occur or whether there was chicanery involved, often turning common sense into a Procrustean caricature of itself in order not to be judgmental.
Penton offers here one of the most comprehensive, thought-provoking, and fairest overviews of the Witnesses from C. Russell to about Probably the only shortcoming in the book, which will probably be addressed in the next edition the book first came out in and Penton has updated it twice since then , is the unfortunate fact that Penton claims the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society has stuck to the old-fashioned medium of print and eschewed movies or video production, to say nothing of social media or Internet; it's really been only in the last few years, since the 3rd edition was published, that this has changed radically, with the Watch Tower society producing a glut of videos and even cartoons for kids available at their online TV website how does mom respond when her child comes home from kindergarten asking about families with two moms?
Nov 03, Giselle Nieuwenhuizen rated it really liked it. Jim Penton makes for a comprehensive book on JW history. I can see why he did not feel the need to write a "sequel" since this one fairly covers it. Penton is a fine writer, but to be clear, this is no rolli Jim Penton makes for a comprehensive book on JW history. Penton is a fine writer, but to be clear, this is no rollicking narrative tale, and has very little literary flourish.
It's simply a collective of useful, practical, and easily-accessible information on everything from which biblical theories inspired the religion's founder, Charles Taze Russell, to what working conditions are like in JW world headquarters in Brooklyn, to what exactly Witnesses believe about blood.
Sep 11, Valery Reed rated it really liked it. Definitely worth a read, Penton has aan extensive long history both in and outside the JW cult. A lot of things I had no clue of about the history of JWs are in this book. I got a little tedious, but due to the subject matter I'll give Penton a pass. He's an excellent writer and it's written from a scholarly vantagepoint.
Oct 23, Jackson Torres rated it really liked it. Decent history book, quite informative. Jul 03, Jacob rated it liked it Shelves: I wish I could give this book more stars, but sadly I cannot. I like this book. I think it's fair. The subject matter is very interesting. The writing is a bit tough. I usually read books this length much faster than I did this one, but I had to put it down after every 5 or so pages and it felt like a bit of a struggle to finish it.
I'm glad I did, but I wouldn't bother unless you're very interested in the subject. May 04, Christi rated it liked it.
Extremely dense read! Being raised in the religion, the author explained a lot of topics I had often wondered. It was eye opening, yet a little sad at the same time. Mar 07, Dan marked it as to-read Shelves: Couldn't do it And it wasn't the academic tone View 1 comment. Apr 27, Rod rated it really liked it Shelves: Not exactly light reading.
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