Friday, October 12, 2018

Review: 'Knock, Knock' Who's There? The Truth about Jehovah's Witnesses by Anthony James

This is a true account of a former Jehovah's Witness who explains their version of the 'Truth" and their beliefs in a concise, logical way.  Most of us have had experiences with Jehovah's Witnesses and know some basic things - like their door-to-door prosthetizing, their refusal to celebrate holidays, birthdays and the like, their refusal to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, cross their heart for the National Anthem etc...  I personally, have never been able to understand their beliefs until I read about The Watchtower Society, its teachings and revisions to the 'Truth' that have happened throughout the years.  I have also been offended by the outright misogyny I have encountered -- tried discussing it with a JW coworker who basically could not discuss it in any logical way.  The more and more I read about the JW, I see how cult-like its behaviors are and how harmful the isolation of members can be.  This book is one man's experience but he explains things in a way you can understand and is very thought provoking.

For all the sincere belief many of its members have, I find it sad that they have such a horrible view of the world and the people in it.  I am happy for the author - his leaving the JW seems to have made him happier.

I have said before, a true good religion should stand up to questioning and in fact, should welcome it.  Not just give authoritarian pronouncements and oppress its members to live us/them dynamics which never amount to good.

Terri

2 comments:

  1. Hi Terri,

    thank you for your comments about the book. I am glad you found it useful. I am currently writing a 2018 updated version as there have been many developments in the religion.

    Take care

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Review: 'Knock, Knock' Who's There? The Truth about Jehovah's Witnesses by Anthony James

This is a true account of a former Jehovah's Witness who explains their version of the 'Truth" and their beliefs in a concise...