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An Introduction to Research and Analysis of Jehovah's Witnesses: A View from the Watchtower

Carolyn R. Wah
Review of Religious Research
Vol. 43, No. 2 (Dec., 2001), pp. 161-174
DOI: 10.2307/3512060
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3512060
Page Count: 14
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Abstract

The Jehovah's Witnesses are one of the world's fastest growing religious groups. They are well known for their distinctive beliefs, door-to-door proselytism, political neutrality, and legal battles for religious freedom. However, as Rodney Stark and Laurence R. Iannaccone have recently noted, research on the Jehovah's Witnesses is surprisingly scarce. This paper seeks to assist non-Witness scholars interested in studying Witness teachings, activities, and institutions. The Watchtower, Awake!, annual yearbooks, and many other Witness publications are primary sources, readily available in Witness congregations throughout the United States and the world. Most congregations also maintain archives of past publications in their libraries. Any researcher can use these and many other sources to document Witness statements, statistics, trends, and organizational developments.

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