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, steered his fans that contributors of Christ’s church will be raptured in 1878, and through 1914 Christ might spoil the international locations and determine his nation on the earth. the 1st prophecy used to be no longer fulfilled, however the outbreak of the 1st international battle lent a few credibility to the second one. Ever because that point, Jehovah’s Witnesses were predicting that the area could finish “shortly.” Their numbers have grown to many hundreds of thousands in over 200 international locations. They distribute one billion items of literature every year, and proceed to expect the tip of the world.
For nearly thirty years, M. James Penton’s Apocalypse Delayed has been the definitive scholarly learn of this non secular move. As a former member of the sect, Penton deals a complete assessment of the Jehovah's Witnesses. His booklet is split into 3 elements, every one featuring the Witnesses’ tale in a special context: ancient, doctrinal, and sociological. a number of the concerns he discusses are recognized to most of the people, corresponding to the sect’s competition to army carrier and blood transfusions. Others contain inner controversies, together with political regulate 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 resources of Russell’s theology and at the church’s early leaders, in addition to assurance of significant advancements in the sect because the moment version used to be released fifteen years ago.
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Apocalypse Delayed: The Story of Jehovah's Witnesses, Third Edition by M. James Penton