By M. James Penton
Since 1876, Jehovah’s Witnesses have believed that they're residing within the final days of the current international. Charles T. Russell, their founder, suggested his fans that participants of Christ’s church will be raptured in 1878, and through 1914 Christ might spoil the countries and identify his country on the earth. the 1st prophecy was once now not fulfilled, however the outbreak of the 1st international warfare lent a few credibility to the second one. Ever considering the fact that that point, Jehovah’s Witnesses were predicting that the realm could finish “shortly.” Their numbers have grown to many thousands in over 2 hundred nations. They distribute one billion items of literature every year, and proceed to count on the tip of the world.
For virtually thirty years, M. James Penton’s Apocalypse Delayed has been the definitive scholarly research of this non secular circulation. As a former member of the sect, Penton bargains a complete assessment of the Jehovah's Witnesses. His e-book is split into 3 components, each one featuring the Witnesses’ tale in a distinct context: historic, doctrinal, and sociological. the various concerns he discusses are recognized to most of the people, resembling the sect’s competition to army provider and blood transfusions. Others contain inner controversies, together with political keep watch over of the association and the dealing with of dissent in the ranks.
Thoroughly revised, the 3rd version of Penton’s vintage textual content comprises great new info at the assets of Russell’s theology and at the church’s early leaders, in addition to insurance of vital advancements in the sect because the moment variation was once released fifteen years ago.
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Apocalypse Delayed: The Story of Jehovah's Witnesses, Third Edition by M. James Penton