Religious and Ethnic Groups
Religious Group - Jehovah’s Witnesses
Jehovah Witnesses originated in the United States as the Bible Student Movement in the 1870’s and was led by Minister Charles Taze Russell until his death in 1916. After Russell’s death his successor was Joseph “Judge “Rutherford who maintained control of the watch Tower Magazine and the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. In 1931 the name Jehovah’s Witnesses was adopted (galegroup.com.ezproxy.apollolibrary.com/). Follow the time line.
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Ways they differ from some of the other religious groups in their beliefs are: they are anti-Trinitarians; they do not believe that Jesus Christ has a dual nature (divine and human); they believe Jesus is the first creation.
Jehovah’s Witnesses believe they are the only group that has the truth necessary for salvation. They teach that big business, the churches, and civil government are part of the kingdom of Satan.
Through their litigation in the courts of the United States, Jehovah's Witnesses have made important contributions to such civil liberties as freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of religion. Because Jehovah's Witnesses separate themselves from everything they consider "worldly," and because they place emphasis on their preaching work at the expense of all other activities, they have had little impact on either the fine or liberal arts. Penton, M. James. "Christianity: Jehovah's Witnesses." Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices. Ed. Thomas Riggs. Vol. 1: Religions and Denominations. Detroit: Gale, 2006. 190-195. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 28 Feb. 2014.
One of the ways Jehovah’s Witnesses are discriminated against is they are viewed as a cult. During the...