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In Search of Christian Freedom Hardcover – December, 1991

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  • Hardcover: 732 pages
  • Publisher: Commentary Pr; 1st edition (December 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0914675141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0914675143
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 6.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,820,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 28, 2004
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This was an excellent book, although, at 700+ pages, a little long. In addition, the title of the book had me confused at first as to the content. But essentially, this book is basically about how organized religion in general, and more specifically about how the Watchtower Society (Jehovah's witnesses), can smother one's Christian freedom (and will) with man-made (couched as Bible teachings) teachings and dogmas. It is well written, well reasoned, well documented, and one of the best books I have read.
There are basically two types of people who are going to read this book:
Ex Jehovah's witnesses
Non Jehovah's witnesses
An active Jehovah's witness would never read this book because if they did, they would be disfellowshipped (excommunicated) for reading what the Watchtower Society would label as "apostate" literature (a brain washing technique used by the Society to keep JWs from ever questioning their man-made teachings).
For Ex Jehovah's witnesses - this book is a MUST READ for you. It will help you rid yourself of any guilt or conflict about whether the Society was really God's true organization - it isn't. But after reading this book, you will feel good about your decision to leave "the Organization." It will also help you to understand how you were manipulated and how you can now adjust to life "outside the Organization."
For non Jehovah's witnesses - this book is not just about Jehovah's witnesses. Its moderate and balanced reasoning on the topic of man imposing his will upon his fellow man (i.e., organized religion in general) applies equally to most religions whether you be a Mormon, a Seventh Day Adevntist, a Baptist, or a Cathloic.
And finally, there is little or no bitterness in the author's style of writing.
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157 of 169 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Chapman on May 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
Throughout the 20th century, the Jehovah's Witnesses movement has attracted a great deal of attention to itself, both favorable and critical. In recent years, events surrounding the movement as well as the stirring of sentiment from those who have left the organization have precipitated a flood of related literature, in general written from a critical point of view. It is no small wonder that those who continue to hail the movement as representing God's vested interests on earth view this tide of critical thinking with a great deal of suspicion and even distrust. Yet it might be said that none of the writers of "worldly" literature have written with the unreserved compassion, scholastic authority, and from such a wealth of real-life experience stemming from many decades spent within the organization as has Raymond V. Franz. In his book, "In Search of Christian Freedom," Franz has brought together a rich array of background knowledge and memories of actual conversations with top leaders within the Watch Tower organization to squarely and thoroughly investigate the validity of the claims made by the movement. As with most related literature, the book makes use of old publications and documents which the organization has virtually buried through decades of organizational upheaval and policy changes. However, in addition to this, Franz reviews and tests the entire authority structure of his former religion and makes a solid inquiry into the general issue of Christian freedom as it pertains to other religious movements as well, using sound logic, Biblical and moral precedents.Read more ›
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By scotfree on December 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
After reading Crisis of Conscience,I had to read this follow up by Ray Franz.The reading can be a bit tedious but it is well worth the time.

He considers such topics as:

"The channel of God"- The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society's claim to be the one and only channel of god,through which he directs "his" organization and of course disloyalty to the organization is the same thing as disloyalty to god.

"blood transfusions"-what is allowed ,what isn,t,how it has changed over time ,and why men and women would die or risk the lives of their children because they wanted to look to "God's Organization"for answers.

"Legalism"-While they don't want to see it, J.W.'s look to the W.B.T.S. for direction in almost every area of their lives.What type of employment is o.k.? Can I grow a beard? Alternatives to military service is o.k. if a judge orders it ,but not if a draft board does?How many witnesses were disfellowshipped or spent years in prison because of this kind of idiocy?Is sexual foreplay proper?What about oral sex?After a while J.W.'s can no longer make even the most personal decisions without knowing what "The Society" thinks.

"Argumentation and Manipulation"-The society encourages people to have an open mind and not let their ministers or religious authorities decide for them whether or not they will study with J.W.,s.But for J.W.'s themselves, the exact opposite is true.They can't read "apostate" literature,which is anything that questions the j.w. doctrine and the authority of the society.The amazing thing is that they don,t even realize it.

Other topics include disfellowshipping,abuse of authority by elders,the "informant system"(other witnesses are always watching you),the divine name,holidays, and where to go next.
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