District Convention “New Light” Review – 1

“Mad Sweeney” comments on the 2011 “Let God’s Kingdom Come” District Conventions: I’d like to write a bit about what is going on at the district conventions of Jehovah’s Witnesses this summer. There is always a lot of buzz about the conventions among Jehovah’s Witnesses and their families. Witnesses are looking forward to the new releases of books and DVDs, and are ever-hopeful for what they call “new light.” Leading up to the conventions, the Watchtower Society always prints out color invitations that are ostensibly for the Witnesses to distribute in their territories. However, for all practical intent their real purpose is to arouse enthusiasm among the Witnesses themselves. This year’s district convention invitation seems to have done just that. I have heard from some friends and family still in the Watchtower that their friends are all up in excitement over the convention this year, and much of it is … Continue reading

The Garden of Eden

Editor’s Note: Gordon Smith (AKA Douglas Lee) is a UK based writer and online critic of the Watchtower Society.  Unlike many of his peers, Gordon tries to mine whatever humor can be found in the lives and beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses. In the video below, Gordon takes a close look at the events as reported in the Holy Bible about mankind’s earliest beginnings. The fact is that most mainline Christian religions have relegated the stories of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, and Noah’s Flood to nothing more than simple Sunday school fare for children. Jehovah’s Witnesses, however, still believe and preach that the Genesis accounts of “Creation” should be considered historically accurate and truthful. In fact, if the Watchtower’s teachings of Creation and Original Sin were ever modernized to agree with natural history and science, most of their other teachings would collapse.  So, is the story of Adam, Eve … Continue reading

Raised a Jehovah’s Witness

I was raised a Jehovah’s Witness by loving parents. My grandmothers, an aunty and uncle, and some cousins were Jehovah’s Witnesses. After I left home, my father spent twenty years as a Circuit Overseer and my sister and her husband spent time in Bethel prior to having children. I grew up in a congregation where many older Witnesses expressed the strictly fundamental viewpoint that Jehovah personally directed the Organization and soon would destroy anyone who was not a Jehovah’s Witness. As promoted in the Watchtower, I thought I was never going to die; I did not even expect to finish school prior to Armageddon. However, Armageddon had not arrived by the time I matriculated – so, unusually for Witnesses in the 1980’s, my parents were open-minded enough to encourage me to obtain a university degree. I felt I could justify obtaining a higher education by studying part-time whilst regular pioneering. … Continue reading