This is the first major study of the enigmatic religious society. By examining the Jehovah's Witnesses' dramatic recent expansion, Andrew Holden reveals the dependency of their quasi-totalitarian movement on the physical and cultural resources have brought about the privatization of religion, the erosion of community, and the separation of 'fact' from faith.
'… a thoughtful book that takes the Witnesses' own beliefs and words seriously.' - Publishers Weekly
'It is a clear, accurate, well-constructed, high-quality academic, sociological analysis of a modern millenarian movement … The author is a skilled and experienced sociologist, and this book is an example of the clearest writing and the best research that can be produced by this important academic discipline.' - The Revd Thaddeus Birchard, Church Times
1. The End is Nigh 2. The Jehovah's Witnesses in the Modern World 3. Finding a Home 4. Rational Means to Rational Ends 5. Returning to Eden 6. Inside, Outside 7. Honour thy Father and they Mother 8. The Fear of Freedom 9. Conclusion