Item description for The Four Presidents of the Watch Tower Society (Jehovah's Witnesses) by Edmond C. Gruss...
Overview This study explores and answers a number of questions, which include: What kind of men were the four presidents of the Watch Tower Society? Can the Watch Tower Society be accurately identified as a "modern version of idolatry"-a cult? What are some of the restrictions, rules, and edicts imposed upon the membership by its leadership? Is the Watch Tower organization a "spiritual paradise" as claimed? Was the Watch Tower Society selected by Jesus Christ as God's sole channel in 1919? How does the Watch Tower Society exercise control over its membership? Why is it so difficult for members to leave the organization? Is Watch Tower leadership guilty of false prophecy? What is the "Mystery" or "The Christ" doctrine? A selected bibliography and sources of information enable the reader to continue investigating the organization. "A cogent examination and telling indictment of a pseudo-Christian religion by the editor and by former long-term adherents of the Jehovah's Witnesses and their odyssey to Christianity." Leonard Chretien Former Jehovah's Witness, author of Witnesses of Jehovah, and director of Good News Defenders
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Studio: Xulon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11" Width: 8.24" Height: 0.61" Weight: 1.38 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2004
Publisher Xulon Press
ISBN 1594671311 ISBN13 9781594671319
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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 The Four Presidents of the Watch Tower Society (Jehovah's Witnesses)?
Less than anticipated Aug 9, 2007
As a former Jehovah's Witness of 35 years, I viewed this book in terms of the accuracy and bias of the authors. This author has a deep bias in his presentation. It colors his selection of words and evidence. Having said that, this has many accurate and revealing facts within. The treatment of an old rumor was more a dip into gossip - although he disclaimed the rumor. The actual biographies (which I had expected) were very brief and needed more detail, considering the pivotal role these people played in the development of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Valueable book for all Jehovah's Witnesses Apr 22, 2004
Before we put our confidence in an organization, we need to evaluate the men who run it. After all it is only as good as the fruitage of their behavior and sense of justice and good.
Do the presidents of the Watchtower Society reflect the high asperations of the God they say they Worship? I think each and everyone involved with Jehovah's Witnesses in it now or out of it now need to read this.
I found it valuable reading. Thanks to Edmond Gruss who was willing to finish this piece of work and get it to book form.
a former Watchtower insider speaks out Mar 15, 2004
This important new book includes much information on the inner workings of the Watchtower never before published. Edited by Edmond Gruss, the main text is by a third generation Witness, C.A. Lingerfedt, who served at the Watchtower headquarters as the personal secretary for several high level officers at Bethel, including Hayden Covington. His access to much insider information gives him an advantage few other critics have. Heart disease prevented him from completing this book and, while alive, he had to remain anonymous due to the real fear that disfellowshipping would cut him off from most of his family. As a best selling author, he made a good living writing, always under a pseudonym to protect his family. He confirms the immorality of Rutherford and the corruption in the Watchtower. Gruss confirms many of Lingerfedt's claims (and they conform to my knowledge as well). No historian of the movement can claim to produce a history of the Watchtower without consulting this book and evaluating its claims. Gruss is one of the leading scholars of the movement today and editing this work only adds to his stature. It is must reading for all students of the Watchtower.
Disturbing Feb 21, 2004
This book is edited by Edmund Gruss, based on anonymous informants who combine have over 75 years within the Jehovah's Witness movement, from the days of Rutherford to the present.
Having read it and if I must describe it in one word ... it would be "DISTURBING".
The book focuses of course on the characters and motivations of the first four presidents of the Watchtower Society.
The book is disturbing to say the least, delving behind the scenes of the personal lives and motivation behind presidents Russell, Rutherford, Knorr and Franz. Showing how from the very beginning of Rutherford's hostile takeover after the death of Russell, with the help of MacMillan and VanAmburgh, that the main thrust of the movement was selfish and self-pleasing.
The book is well-documented, why anyone would want to stay in this cult after reading this book is beyond me ... it shows the hold the leadership has on these poor people.
This book is not doctrinal, but deals with personalities, and shows without-a-shadow-of-a-doubt that the Society is nothing more than a pubishing house, and the Jehovah's Witnesses are its salespeople. The leadership is not about "truth", but about control. sad!