Jehovah's Witnesses by Andrew Holden
Portrait of a Contemporary Religious Movement

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This is the first major study of the enigmatic religious society. By examining the Jehovah's Witnesses' dramatic recent expansion, Andrew Holden reveals the dependency of their quasi-totalitarian movement on the physical and cultural resources have brought about the privatization of religion, the erosion of community, and the separation of 'fact' from faith.
 

About Andrew Holden

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Andrew Holden (PH.D) has taught sociology at various levels of further and higher education. He has been conducting fieldwork on millenarian belief systems for over a decade.
 
Published November 12, 2012 by Routledge. 221 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Holden's main thesis—that the Watch Tower is engaged in careful and ongoing negotiations with the secular culture that surrounds it—is a nuanced one, especially compared to previous studies that have depicted the movement as little more than an extremist rejection of modernity.

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