Answering Jehovah’s Witnesses with Questions by Philip DelRe

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Answering Jehovah’s Witnesses with Questions is a 35-page booklet rather than a full-length book. The author explains why in the Preface (p. 5): “We chose to present this material in booklet form since most people will not read a 300 or 400 page theologically technical book on Jehovah’s Witnesses. So we made this a quick, easy to use resource.”

DelRe’s booklet has the following structure: Continue reading

Captives of a Concept by Don Cameron

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In his 1983 book, Crisis of Conscience, Ray Franz stated his belief that members of Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Governing Body are “captives of a concept.” By that, he meant the concept that the Watchtower organization is a separate entity, “bigger and grander than themselves.” (p. 296) “Perhaps because of this illusory view of ‘the organization,’” Franz said, “a man can be a Member of such a Body that has virtually unrestricted power and authority, and yet not feel a keen sense of personal responsibility for what the Body does, for whatever hurt or whatever misleading and consequent misdirection results.”

Cameron, a former Watchtower elder, picks up on the phrase, but he means something different by it. He focuses, not on the Governing Body, but on the average Jehovah’s Witness.

He says, “The concept that holds Jehovah’s Witnesses captive is their belief that the Watchtower Society is God’s organization.” (p. 11). He adds, “This concept blocks Jehovah’s Witnesses from noticing anything wrong no matter how wrong it is. And in case anyone does think they notice something wrong, they are warned that they must never try to do anything about it, but simply wait for God to do something about it, because, after all, ‘It is his organization…’” (p. 13)

The key to Cameron’s approach is to show Jehovah’s Witnesses that the Watchtower is not God’s organization through a study of the history of the organization and applying the Watchtower’s own criteria.

The book contains the following chapters: Continue reading

The 10 Most Important Things You Can Say to a Jehovah’s Witness by Ron Rhodes

The 10 Most Important Things You Can Say to a Jehovah's WitnessDescription:

This 128-page paperback was written to complement Rhodes’ 1993 book, Reasoning From the Scriptures With the Jehovah’s Witnesses, which I reviewed in an earlier blog article in this series.

It is doctrinal in focus and, in length, “short on purpose.” Organized into 10 primary points the reader should make to Witnesses, each chapter contrasts Watchtower errors with the biblical position and suggests a relatively small number of questions and points which the reader can present to Witnesses to challenge Watchtower teachings.

A final “Digging Deeper” paragraph ends each chapter by citing pages in Rhodes’ 1993 book where the reader can find more information.

According to Rhodes, the 10 most important things you need to get across to a Jehovah’s Witness are as follows: Continue reading

Answering Jehovah’s Witnesses Subject by Subject by David A. Reed

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This book was written to was written to complement the author’s 1986 book entitled Jehovah’s Witnesses Answered Verse by Verse. His stated goal is to “help readers quickly understand the basics of the group’s history, changing doctrinal stances, and distinctive ideas.”

In the preface, Reed explains that Answering Jehovah’s Witnesses Subject by Subject is not merely his earlier book reshuffled into a different format. Rather, he added new material in response to new Watchtower arguments. He notes that some of these issues don’t lend themselves well to the earlier verse-by-verse format.

In the opening section, “How to Use This Book,” Reed recommends using the book in different ways depending on your purpose. If you are looking to learn about the Watchtower religion, you can read the book cover to cover. If you are currently dialoguing with Witnesses on a particular subject, you can quickly find the subject in the book (its headings are in alphabetical order). You can also quickly move from one section of the book to related entries by utilizing the cross-references. Continue reading

Jehovah’s Witnesses by Robert M. Bowman, Jr.

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This 83-page paperback is part of a Zondervan series of small books on cults. In order to include a large amount of content in a short book, the book is written in outline format. Continue reading

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