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, prompt his fans that participants of Christ’s church will be raptured in 1878, and through 1914 Christ could break the countries and determine his nation in the world. the 1st prophecy used to be no longer fulfilled, however the outbreak of the 1st global warfare lent a few credibility to the second one. Ever on account that that point, Jehovah’s Witnesses were predicting that the realm may finish “shortly.” Their numbers have grown to many hundreds of thousands in over 200 nations. They distribute 1000000000 items of literature each year, and proceed to count on the top of the world.
For nearly thirty years, M. James Penton’s Apocalypse Delayed has been the definitive scholarly examine of this spiritual stream. As a former member of the sect, Penton deals a complete evaluate of the Jehovah's Witnesses. His publication is split into 3 components, every one proposing the Witnesses’ tale in a distinct context: ancient, doctrinal, and sociological. many of the concerns he discusses are identified to most people, equivalent to the sect’s competition to army carrier and blood transfusions. Others contain inner controversies, together with political keep an eye on of the association and the dealing with of dissent in the ranks.
Thoroughly revised, the 3rd version of Penton’s vintage textual content comprises gigantic new info at the assets of Russell’s theology and at the church’s early leaders, in addition to assurance of significant 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