Item description for Jehovah's Witnesses: Their Claims, Doctrinal Changes, and Prophetic Speculation. What Does the Record Show? by Edmond C. Gruss...
Overview The publications distributed by the Jehovah's Witnesses often include grandiose claims for their organization, such as "Jehovah's organization alone, in all the earth, is directed by God's Holy Spirit or active force...To it alone God's Sacred Word, the Bible, is not a sealed book..." Of course, it is easy to say that this group acts as a "prophet" of God. It is another thing to prove it. The only way this can be done is to review the record. What does the record show? Find out in this book.
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Studio: Xulon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.02" Width: 8.24" Height: 0.8" Weight: 1.95 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2001
Publisher Xulon Press
ISBN 193123230X ISBN13 9781931232302
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More About Edmond C. Gruss
Gruss is Professor Emeritus at The Master's College, Santa Clarita, California.
Edmond C. Gruss currently resides in Santa Clarita, in the state of California. Edmond C. Gruss was born in 1933.
Reviews - What do customers think about Jehovah's Witnesses: Their Claims, Doctrinal Changes, and Prophetic Speculation. What Does the Record Show??
Just the facts, ma'am Feb 14, 2009
This is a great book for those doing research on the history of Jehovah's Witnesses. Each chapter is a premise set forth by the author that is either proven or disproved by the sources quoted in the chapter. The author left no stone unturned when searching for information. You'll read quotes from court transcripts, snippets of "Watchtower" and "Awake!" articles, articles by C. T. Russell, interviews with former Bethelites, and much more.
But don't open this book expecting to be entertained. This book is research, not pleasure reading. If you can plow through the dry reading, you'll learn a great deal about what made Jehovah's Witnesses into what they are today. I don't regret reading it.
You Need This Book In Your JW Library! Mar 8, 2006
Edmond Gruss has compiled a marvelous volume of the completely failed prophecies made by the Brooklyn Oracles, the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses. I read this book waay back when it first came out. This is not an easy reader, but is in fact more of a reference work. So, don't get the mistaken notion of the nature or purpose of Gruss's excellent work. This book should be in the library of every former Jehovah's Witness and should be read by all those who are foolish enough to be considering joining the JW's. This book brings together, in one handy volume, all of the false prophecies of the Watchtower Blindmen.
Author of JEHOVAH UNMASKED and I WAS A TEENAGE JEHOVAH'S WITNESS.
Please Nov 12, 2005
Read "Paganism in our Christianity" Historian Arthur Weigall, if you want to talk about something!
Not Impressed Jun 27, 2005
This book proved a disappointment. One reviewer said "Jehovah's Witnesses by Professor Edmond Gruss is one of the best documented and most devastating critiques of the Watchtower ever written." So, after reading and thoroughly enjoying the two books written by Raymond Franz, former Governing Body member, I read this one. But it's little more than a review of other's research. As a literary piece, it's written like a third grade degree essay, offering little critical examination and never really adding anything new. Don't bother with this one!
The evidence will be hard to refute Jun 22, 2005
Although it is not an extremely readable book--this is because there are a lot of quotes since it is meant to be a general resource more than just a book you sit down and read--I know of nothing more valuable that so clearly depicts the JW's prophetic record. And it doesn't look good for the folks in Brooklyn. I believe that any thinking Witness who was to consider the false prophetic claims as produced by Watchtower leaders and shown in this book would have their world shaken apart, so caution on their part must be taken before picking this up to read. But truth is something that is worthwhile to find and grasp, and in this case, I highly recommend the Witness go through the well-documented records as put together by Gruss and determine this: If the Governing Body could be so wrong about so many things in its entire history, what else could they be wrong on? (i.e. view of God, view of Jesus, view of authority, view of salvation, etc.) For these are not just men claiming to be fallible leaders, but rather, their very words are examined and studied by the 7 million JWS located around the world as being equal in authority with anything the Bible says. And these kind folks are coming to our doors, urgently trying to share their faith. I believe a book like this would be valuable on the shelf of every Christian who realizes that, when a Witness knocks on their door, it's time to go to work and share our faith--and we don't even have to take our bedroom slippers off!) The amount of work that went into this book is incredible--my hat's off to Ed Gruss, a great researcher on the religion of the Jehovah's Witnesses.