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Apocalypse delayed : the story of Jehovah's Witnesses

著者: M James Penton
出版商: Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, 1997.
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"Since 1876, Jehovah's Witnesses have believed that they are living in the last days of the present world. Charles T. Russell, their founder, advised his followers that members of Christ's church would be raptured in 1878, and by 1914 Christ would destroy the nations and establish his kingdom on earth. The first prophecy was not fulfilled, but the outbreak of the First World War lent some credibility to the second.  再读一些...
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所有的著者/提供者: M James Penton
ISBN: 0802079733 9780802079732
OCLC号码: 38855908
描述: xvii, 444 p., [11] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 23 cm.
内容: Part I. History. [Chapter 1] The beginning of a movement. Charles Russell: the early years --
George Storrs --
Russel and the object and manner of Christ's return --
Dr. Nelson H. Barbour and the three worlds --
Early Schisms: 1878 and 1881 --
Russell's independent ministry --
The Bible Students' Association --
Russell as the faithful and wise servant --
Russell's marital tribulations --
The New Covenant schism --
Russell's last years and death --
[Chapter 2] The creation of theocracy. Joseph Franklin Rutherford --
The Watch Tower schism of 1917 --
The Bible Students and the First World War --
Post-war reorganization --
Millions now living will never die --
Rutherford's ministry --
Conventions --
Rutherford's growing power --
The new name --
The development of theocratic government --
Growing social alienation --
The growth of the Bible Student - Witness Community --
The vindication of Jehovah's name --
The attack on religion --
The great multitude --
Rutherford's personal life and last days --
Rutherford's death and legacy --
[Chapter 3] The era of global expansion. Rutherford's successors --
The Olin Moyle case --
The remoulding of the Witness Community --
The growth of a Witness Community --
New World assemblies --
Fighting for freedom of worship --
Congregation committees and disfellowshipping --
A slowdown in growth --
Stay alive till '75 --
Organizational and congregational liberalization --
[Chapter 4] Prophetic failure, reaction, and rebellion. Response to prophetic failure --
The attack on intellectuals --
Closing heaven's gates --
Doctrinal vacillations--
The growth of dissent --
Jehovah's Witnesses today --
[Chapter 5] Relations with the world. Attitudes towards other religions --
Religious persecution --
The nature of anti-witness propaganda --
The charge of sedition --
Witness concepts of relations with the state --
Opposition to preaching --
Military service --
Patriotic exercises and political neutrality --
Marxist persecution --
Witness compromises with the world --
General social attitudes --
Blood transfusions --
Separateness and social concern --
Part II. Concepts and doctrine. [Chapter 6] Base of doctrinal authority. The faithful and discreet slave --
Progressive revelation --
Natural theology and the Bible --
Biblical interpretation --
Philosophy of history --
[Chapter 7] Major doctrines. Theology --
Christology and soteriology --
Covenantal relationships --
Spirit creatures --
The nature of man --
Baptism and the Lord's Supper --
The church --
The great crowd --
Creation --
Bible chronology and eschatological prophecy --
The resurrection --
The sacredness of life and blood --
The preaching work --
Part III. Organization and community. [Chapter 8] Organizational structure. The witness hierarchy --
The president of the Watch Tower Society --
The governing body --
Governing body committees --
The world-wide headquarters --
The legal corporations --
Watch tower wealth --
Watch Tower literature --
District and circuit overseers --
Branches --
Elders and ministerial servants --
Pioneers --
Congregational meetings --
Evangelism --
Formal organizational controls --
Informal controls --
Organizational efficiency --
[Chapter 9] The Witness Community. Membership, recruitment, and conversion --
Sex, marriage, and the family --
Education --
Entertainment, the arts, and literature --
Moral values and social relationships --
Moral behaviour --
Ethnic and racial attitudes --
Witness mental health --
Decreasing zeal --
Dissonance and dissent --
Response to dissent --
The effects of Watch Tower policy --
Witness instability and conservatism --
Conclusion. Jehovah's Witnesses since 1985: an afterword.
责任: M. James Penton.

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"Since 1876, Jehovah's Witnesses have believed that they are living in the last days of the present world. Charles T. Russell, their founder, advised his followers that members of Christ's church would be raptured in 1878, and by 1914 Christ would destroy the nations and establish his kingdom on earth. The first prophecy was not fulfilled, but the outbreak of the First World War lent some credibility to the second. Ever since that time, Jehovah's Witnesses have been predicting that the world would end 'shortly.' Their numbers have grown to many millions in over two hundred countries. They distribute a billion pieces of literature annually, and continue to anticipate the end of the world. Apocalypticism is the key issue in this detailed history, but there are others. As a long-time member of the sect, now expelled, Penton offers a comprehensive overview of a remarkable religious movement. His book is divided into three parts, each presenting the Witnesses' story in a different context: historical, doctrinal, and sociological. Some of the issues he discusses are known to the general public, such as the sect's opposition to military service and blood transfusions. Others involve internal controversies, including political control of the organization and the handling of dissent within the ranks. Penton has combined the special insight of an insider with the critical analysis of an observer now at a distance from his subject. From them he has created a penetrating study of a spreading world phenomenon.In this second edition, an afterword by the author brings us up to date on events since Apocalypse Delayed was first published in 1985. Penton considers changes in doctrine, practice, and governance on issues such as medical treatment, higher education, apostates, and the apocalypse. This edition features a revised and expanded bibliography" -- Introduction.

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