M. James Penton offers a comprehensive overview of a reamarkable religious
movement. From the Witnesses'inauspicious creation by a Pennsylvania preacher
in the 1870s to its position as a religious sect with millions of followers
world-widde. This second edition features an afterword by the Author and
an expanded bibiography...
From reviews of the first edition.
" A Well-Written ans fascinating study ".
James A. Beverley. Toronto School of Theology.
" Penton' unique position - a cell-travelled, fourth-generation
member who served in various capacities - make him a reliable informant.
He aptly give insight into major doctrines, past and recent prophetic speculation.
The authority structure of the Witness organization, and the harshness
of teh total ban upon those who attempt open discussion of any differing
exegetical view ".
" All in all, in an excellent book and required reding from those
interested in Jehovah's Witnesses. Penton's special perspective provide
a scholarly inside look at a fascinationg and persistent example of modern
Timothy P.Weber, American Historical review.
" This is not a vindictive slamming of teh Witness organization
by a raving ex-member, but a carefully written, well-documented critical
anlysis by a scholar with the special insight taht only a former insider
could give ".
Dwayne Janke, Lethbridge Herald.