Jehovah's Witnesses: Portrait of a Contemporary Religious Movement

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Notes

1The end is nigh
1
The annual membership statistics are published in the 1 January copy of The Watchtower.
2
This is based on a 4 per cent growth rate projection.
3
This provides the basis for Beckford's later work (1976) in which his theoretical contribution is made more explicit.
4
The Witnesses are renowned for keeping their distance from non-members.
5
For a detailed discussion of reflexivity in the sociology of religion see Flanagan (2001).
6
Greeley (1972) refers to this as resacralisation.
7
Wilson (1982) suggests that most sects (particularly those of a world-renouncing nature) will nearly always be in tension with wider society because of their exclusivity and their demands of total allegiance. Moreover, Wallis (1984) argues that the new religions involve only small numbers of people whose motives for joining are largely secular.
8
Other available literature suggests that millenarian beliefs are most common among those under colonial rule (see, for example, Smelser 1962, Lanternari 1963, Aberle 1965 and Worsley 1968).
9
This is particularly surprising given that the movement was founded in the United States.

2The Jehovah's Witnesses in the modern world
1
During this period, the legal authority of the Society belonged to seven directors.
2
To this day, the Witnesses believe that these two books contain prophecies concerning the annihilation of Christian clergy and the destruction of the wicked. Several texts from Revelation are used to support their prediction of Armageddon.
3
Although Russell had previously criticised the activities of the clergy, he had, unlike Rutherford, acknowledged that some clergymen were sincere.
4
Armageddon is the final battle between good and evil where Jehovah will destroy Satan and all the wicked.
5
This represents the 'peak' figure. The 'average' figure for 2000 was 120,592.
6
Arminius was a late sixteenth-century Dutch theologian who maintained the doctrine of free will against Calvin.
7
The Watchtower, 15 June 1900 (cited by Beckford 1975a:3).
8
Pioneers are those who devote many more hours to the missionary effort than publishers (that is, ordinary members). Pioneers currently spend approximately seventy hours per month knocking on doors.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgements xii
  • 1 - The End is Nigh 1
  • 2 - The Jehovah's Witnesses in the Modern World 17
  • 3 - Finding a Home 42
  • 4 - Rational Means to Rational Ends 58
  • 5 - Returning to Eden 82
  • 6 - Inside, Outside 103
  • 7 - Honour Thy Father and Thy Mother 125
  • 8 - The Fear of Freedom 150
  • 9 - Conclusion 171
  • Notes 176
  • Glossary 185
  • Bibliography 189
  • Index 202
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