'A well-written, clear and fascinating study.'(James A. Beverley Toronto School of Theology)
'Penton's unique position - a well-travelled, fourth-generation member who served in various capacities - makes him a reliable informant. 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.'(Christianity Today)
'All in all, this is an excellent book and required reading for those interested in Jehovah's Witnesses. Penton's special perspective provides a scholarly inside look at a fascinating and persistent example of modern millenarianism.'(Timothy P. Weber American Historical Review)
'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.'(Grant MacGillivray Halifax Daily News)
'M. James Penton offers us one of the few comprehensive accounts of a sectarian tradition that remains an enigma to scholars of modern religion.'(Robert C. Fuller The Journal of Religion)
'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.'(Dwayne Janke Lethbridge Herald)
I did not read this word for word since it's written for the academic community and makes for very dry reading. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joomi Lee
The book was written by an ex Jehovah's Witness and reflects a great deal of knowledge of the history and workings of the Jehovah's witnesses. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Michael Kiessling
It was good enough in having a more accurate (but dull in places) history of the movement, how it is organized and so on. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Michael A. Johnson
The Bible : ( New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures)...PROVERBS 16: 6 " By Loving-kindness and trueness ERROR is atoned for , and in the fear of Jehovah one turns away... Read morePublished on December 20, 2011 by Keith
So typical of glassy-eyed cult members like JW's to refuse to even look at factual information, choosing to instead ingest the lies of their Governing Bozo's in New York. Read morePublished on October 11, 2011 by R.A.
As a third generation Witness, I grew up believing it was "the Truth". Ironically, it was the WTS's own publications that got me wondering where on earth they were coming up with... Read morePublished on August 12, 2011 by Theresa
M. James Penton (born 1932) is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Lethbridge in Canada. Read morePublished on March 29, 2011 by Steven H Propp
I had been looking for a history of the Jehovah's Witnesses movement for some time.
At first, I thought it was a good idea to read the society's own "Proclaimers of God's... Read more