Apocalypse Delayed: The Story of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Third Edition. M. JAMES PENTON. Copyright Date: Published by: University of Toronto Press. Apocalypse Delayed has 6 ratings and 1 review. Jaron said: A go-to Apocalypse Delayed: The Story of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Third Edition M. James Penton. Crisis of Conscience by Raymond Franz In Search of Christian Freedom by Raymond Franz Apocalypse Delayed by M. James Penton The God Delusion by .
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The first prophecy was not fulfilled, but the outbreak of the First World War lent some credibility to the second. They distribute a billion pieces of literature annually, and continue to anticipate the end of the world. For almost thirty years, M.
As a former member of the sect, Penton offers a comprehensive overview of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Others involve internal controversies, including political control of the organization and the handling of dissent within the ranks.
James Penton offers us one of the few comprehensive accounts of a sectarian tradition that remains an enigma to scholars of modern religion. He aptly gives insight into major doctrines, past and recent prophetic speculation, the authority structure of the Witness organization, and the harshness of the total ban upon those who attempt open discussion of any differing exegetical view.
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Penhon Library of Religious Biography. Weber American Historical Review ‘This is not a vindictive slamming of the Witness organization by a raving ex-member, but a carefully written, well-documented critical analysis by a scholar with the special insight that only a former insider could give.
Fuller The Journal of Religion ‘Penton, a fourth generation Witness with an impeccable academic background, sets forth a detailed and damning outline of the movement and, in particular, those who run the world wide organization. Azzolina Choice Magazine – vol Start reading Apocalypse Delayed on your Kindle in under a minute.
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Apocalypse Delayed: The Story of Jehovah’s Witnesses
Please try again later. Very in depth history. I was always curious to know the nitty gritty true history vs the glossed over version presented by the Society’s publications and videos.
Confirmation of what I know had not happened in decades. History you will not find in the Proclaimer,s book. One person found this helpful.
Apocalypse Delayed: The Story of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Third Edition by M. James Penton
This book is truly a masterpiece of non-fiction writing. Rarely does one come across a work on a topic that is as well-researched, thorough in scope, clearly-written, and well-organized as this. 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 collection of useful, practical, and easily-accessible information on everything from which biblical theories inspired the jams founder, Charles Taze Russell, to what working conditions are like in JW world headquarters in Brooklyn, to what exactly Witnesses believe about blood.
Penton is an author who has a clear obsession with his topic, and a deep desire to provide the world with apocaalypse most useful resource possible the book even ends with an excellent appendix of mini-reviews on every other significant study of the Jehovah’s Witnesses written to date. On this, he has more than succeeded. There’s not much more to say beyond if you are remotely interested in the Jehovah’s Witnesses, this book will answer any and all questions you could possibly have.
My only criticisms are relatively minor: Apocaly;se also occasionally has moments where he seems to presume the reader possesses a bit more pre-existing knowledge of the Witnesses than is probably reasonable, and there can delayd passing references to events or people the reader might wish to be jammes in greater detail, rather than simply alluded to with language like “as would of course later be seen in the X scandal” or whatever.
But overall, these are small quibbles with a book that is, as I said, a truly fantastic work of reference. Penton has done the world a service in providing a book whose legacy will surely last appocalypse ages among scholars of this fascinating religious movement.
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