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Jehovah’s Witnesses, Beliefs

  • David G. Stewart
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-08956-0_564-1

Background

The Watch Tower Tract and Bible Society of Pennsylvania, or Jehovah’s Witnesses, is a Millennialist Restorationist Christian movement which teaches doctrines they believe to represent a restoration of first-century Christianity.

The Jehovah’s Witness organization is a Millennialist Restorationist Christian movement which teaches that following the ministry of Christ and his apostles, false teachers arose and pagan philosophies and traditions were mingled with Christian doctrine. Witnesses view the Protestant Reformation as an important step in challenging erroneous traditions and reexamining scripture as a source of doctrine and practice, but believe that Protestant faiths retained many flaws of Catholicism. A correct understanding of the Bible’s teachings and Christian practices is believed to have been restored in modern times by the movement’s founder, Charles Taze Russell, as the culmination of his search for truth and by the teachings of the Jehovah’s Witness...

Keywords

Jehovah’s Witnesses Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society Beliefs Religious movements 
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References

  1. “Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Believe in Jesus?” https://www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-Witnesses/faq/believe-in-jesus/. Accessed 2 Nov 2017
  2. “Real Hope for Your Loved Ones Who Have Died” (2014) What does the bible really teach. Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York. 223 p. https://www.jw.org/en/publications/books/bible-teach/hope-resurrection-of-dead-loved-ones/
  3. Reasoning from the Scriptures (1985) Brooklyn: Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, p 218Google Scholar
  4. “The Divine Name – Its Use and Teaching” (2017) https://www.jw.org/en/publications/books/bible-teach/jehovah-meaning-of-gods-name/. Accessed 4 Dec 2017
  5. The Truth that Leads to Eternal Life (1968) Brooklyn: Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, p 47Google Scholar
  6. You Can Live Forever in Paradise on Earth (1982) Brooklyn: Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, p 58Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Children’s Bone and Spine SurgeryLas VegasUSA