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Jehovah's Witnesses : portrait of a contemporary religious movement / Andrew Holden.

By: Holden, Andrew, 1964-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2002Description: xiii, 206 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0415266092 (hbk.); 9780415266093 (hbk.); 0415266106 (pbk.); 9780415266109 (pbk.).Subject(s): Jehovah's Witnesses | Watch Tower Bible and Tract SocietyOnline resources: Table of contents only | Publisher description
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [189]-201) and index.

5/2008 39.95 (35.96)

Comment by Hannah B.

The author, Andrew Holden, presents a fairly objective evaluation of the Jehovah's Witnesses in modern secular society. The book is described as an "ethnographic study" as Holden writes from a sociologist's perspective. While the research is thorough and well documented, it is the direct quotes he gathers from current and former members that helps to capture an inside view of a very private religious community. The Witnesses shun the modern secular world yet it is modernity that aids them in attracting new members in search of absolute "truth" and/or the safety of a totalitarian system. Founded by a businessman from Pittsburgh in the late nineteenth century, the sect has continued to flourish despite an overall breakdown in Western populations identifying with orthodox Christian sects. Holden's first hand accounts are based in Great Britain where he resides. The book provides an in depth overview of the millenarian religious movement that is the Jehovah's Witnesses.

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