Jehovah's Witnesses

Jehovah's Witnesses

Author: George D. Chryssides

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351925426

Category: Philosophy

Page: 320

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From its origins in nineteenth century Adventism until the present day, the Watch Tower Society has become one of the best known but least understood new religious movements. Resisting the tendency to define the movement in terms of the negative, this volume offers an empathetic account of the Jehovah's Witnesses, without defending or seeking to refute their beliefs. George Chryssides critically examines the historical and theological bases of the organization's teachings and practices, and discusses the changes and continuities which have defined it. The book provides a valuable resource for scholars of new religious movements and contemporary religion.

Living in Anticipation of the End-Time

Living in Anticipation of the End-Time

Author: Edwin Zackrison

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781666745559

Category: Religion

Page: 265

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Not long ago, those who wrote about the “end-time” were preachers—the more fundamentalist, the more extreme by some standards. “The end is coming soon,” they said, and cartoons were rampant with guys carrying placards captioned by “The End is Near!” From the time of Christ, whose noncritical predictions included such inspiration for the placards, the religious prophets could not resist emphasis on such topics. Today things are different. The “scientists” and “politicians” make the predictions. “Twelve More Years” is what we hear from the latter. But they don’t attack with religious terms. They speak of time in the context of “climate change” and “global warming.” They do not agree on how to interpret the evidence, but the religionists also had trouble with agreement. Strange interpretations of biblical texts have now gone the way of so-called science. Various elucidations carry one thing in common: none gain consensus. Some arguments enter discussions by censuring those who disagree with them. Their opponents are not allowed to speak. They must remain silent. They are called nasty names, and unfair methods are used to punish them. They try to stop the incongruous from speaking at all. Living in the “end-time” demonstrates the conflict between good and evil.

Millennial Fever and the End of the World

Millennial Fever and the End of the World

Author: George R. Knight

Publisher:

ISBN: UVA:X002557266

Category: Adventists

Page: 384

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Black Wednesday, October 23, 1844. That was to have been the first day in heaven. Instead, the advent believers found themselves still chained to earth, reeling in shock and grief - the laughingstock of the jeering world. The Bible, they were utterly certain, had said Jesus would return on October 22. He hadn't. "The Bible proved to failure?" asked Hiram Edson, voicing the giant questions haunting the wounded flock. "Is there no God, no heaven, no golden home city, no paradise? Is this all but a cunningly devised fable?" A century and a half have now passed. In this landmark volume, author-historian George Knight recounts the history of that shattering disappointment - a crucible of dashed hopes from which arose today's Seventh-day Adventist Church. Fifteen decades after the great disappointment, Jesus still has not come. The swift cruelty of overpowering shock has given way to an ever-deepening disillusionment and skepticism. After October 22, 1844, the advent believers could only wonder why Jesus hadn't come. Today, some Adventists may wonder if He ever will. Adventists without an advent? Fable chasers? Somewhere between white-hot millennial fever and hope grown stone cold lies the patience of the second-advent saints. This book shows how to find it.