Sunday, 12 January 2014

A history of the Jehovah's Witnesses

As readers of Beside The Creek will have discovered,
the New Year of 2014 has opened with a series of history videos 
on the great religions of the world.

It has not been the intention of this series to get into topics 
such as different sects or denominations within a particular religion.

An exception has been made, however, for two Christian denominations 
simply because their representatives might knock on your front door at any time.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is one of these.
The Latter Day Saints are nothing if not well organised.
They do not close themselves off and,
as the interfaith movement has burgeoned in the late 20th century,
it is not unusual to find them participating in local interfaith networks.
There has been no difficulty in finding an appropriate video
to allow readers to get to know something of their history.

The same does not hold true of the Jehovah's Witnesses.
It seems to this blogger - and I mean no offence -
that the Witnesses might not be handling their own on-line presence, 
particularly concerning their history, as well as they might.

Most of the video material I have encountered in my web searches has been from
Christian denominations intent on 'answering' the Witnesses.
There is a lot happening in our 21st Century world
and it seems necessary to ask if this is the best way of spending one's time -
or is this a competition for obtaining and retaining members?

However, dear readers, we do want to provide some information -
so please follow the link below.
This is to a Wikipedia article -
but it is the best attempt of this blogger to obtain information 
which (she hopes) is impartial.
A sad state of affairs -
and there is nothing sadder than quarrelsome religion.

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