Crisis of Conscience – review

By The Editor First written in 1983, and then updated in 1992, 1999, and 2002, Raymond Franz’s Crisis of Conscience has become THE CLASSIC Jehovah’s Witness autobiography. Ray was the nephew of the Watchtower Society’s chief Bible translator, ghost writer, and prophet, Frederick Franz. Ray was (along with his uncle) an original member of the reconstituted and re-purposed Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Crisis of Conscience was first released in 1983, just three years after Ray Franz found himself on the Watchtower Society’s very short “hit list” – and after he was declared to be an “apostate” and “trouble-maker.” When he voluntarily took a leave of absence from his assignment and left his residence at the Society’s Brooklyn Bethel complex, his peers put him on trial in abstentia in what was essentially a “kangaroo court.” Those “holy men” declared Ray “guilty” and later announced that he’d been “disfellowshipped as one … Continue reading