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Jehovah's Witnesses: Portrait of a Contemporary Religious Movement (Andrew Holden) Paperback Book, (Routledge, 2002) 9780415266109


Title: Jehovah's Witnesses: Portrait of a Contemporary Religious Movement

Author: Holden, Andrew

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 2002

Paperback; ISBN: 9780415266109

Volumes: 1; Pages: 224

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This is the first major study of this enigmatic religious society. By examining the Jehovah's Witnesses' dramatic recent expansion, Andrew Holden reveals the dependency of this quasi-totalitarian movement on the very physical and cultural resources which have brought about the privatization of religion, the erosion of community and the separation of "fact" from supernatural faith. Asking vital questions about the ambivalent relationship of spiritual meaning to modern secular materialism, Jehovah's Witnesses reconsiders the Witnesses' ascetic faith at once as an inverted form of pseudo-corporate "branding," and as an anti-modern quest for certainty in a hostile world of relativism and risk.

Contents

List of Plates

Preface

Acknowledgements

1. The End is Nigh

2. The Jehovah's Witnesses in the Modern World

3. Finding a Home

4. Rational Means to Rational Ends

5. Returning to Eden

6. Inside, Outside

7. Honour thy Father and thy Mother

8. The Fear of Freedom

9. Conclusion

Endnotes

Glossary

Bibliography
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