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...
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...
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...
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