XJW: Why I feel the Phoenix is a great Metaphor for Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses

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The symbol you see above – a stylized rising Phoenix consisting of the letters X, J and W, for Ex-Jehovah's Witness – is the final iteration of very interesting, crowdsource design process over the last few days. For me personally, it is a symbol I may be using in the future (for exampe on a … Continue reading XJW: Why I feel the Phoenix is a great Metaphor for Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses

New Free E-Book about Cults and Freedom of Choice

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I am happy to announce my new e-book which you can download for free here. It's called Listen, Obey, and Be Blessed – Cults and Freedom of Choice. The notion of free will has been debated at length by neuroscientists, philosophers, and religious scholars. In stark contrast, many religious cults boldly claim that God created … Continue reading New Free E-Book about Cults and Freedom of Choice

3 Questions Every Thinking Jehovah’s Witness Should Ask Themselves

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If you are or used to be a Jehovah's Witness, you may have happened upon the story of the the Beroeans who were commended for not being "gullible, but neither were they cynical. […] They did not immediately accept what Paul said as truth; still, they listened respectfully [and] they carefully examined the Scriptures, checking to see ‘whether the … Continue reading 3 Questions Every Thinking Jehovah’s Witness Should Ask Themselves

Ex-Jehovah’s Witness attempts Suicide after being ex-communicated for being gay

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A heartbreaking story is unfolding in the community of former Jehovah's Witnesses on Reddit: "A friend tried to kill himself last night (currently in critical condition and on life support). He is gay and was recently disfellowshipped." LGBT teens and young adults have one of the highest rates of suicide attempts. Jehovah's Witnesses claim not … Continue reading Ex-Jehovah’s Witness attempts Suicide after being ex-communicated for being gay

Why Serena Williams losing her #1 Spot is Gratification for an Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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Serena Williams, you're one of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen, period. But there's another side to you, one that is especially exasperating to people who used to be members of Jehovah's Witnesses: the one where you sadly symbolize the hypocrisy and bigotry of JW.org and the Watchtower Society. You know, that religious … Continue reading Why Serena Williams losing her #1 Spot is Gratification for an Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

Are Jehovah’s Witnesses the True Religion?

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Jehovah's Witnesses claim to be the true religion(*). But are they? Using their own literature and the Bible, let us take a look at two aspects one should factor in when deciding whether Jehovah's Witnesses are God's chosen organization. To begin with, let's make one thing clear: By examining their claim critically, I am not criticizing it. It's … Continue reading Are Jehovah’s Witnesses the True Religion?

Are Jehovah’s Witnesses A Cult?

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No matter whether you are an active Jehovah's Witness, a former member of JW.org or simply an individual interested in finding out more about the worldwide group of disciples of the so-called "Faithful and Discreet Slave", you most certainly will have asked this question: Are Jehovah's Witnesses A Cult? Jehovah's Witnesses and their organization JW.org (formerly known as … Continue reading Are Jehovah’s Witnesses A Cult?

One Question in October 2015 Watchtower exposes Barbarity of the Undue Influence Jehovah’s Witnesses are subject to

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It is a simple question – but it illustrates the cruel simplicity of undue influence at work among Jehovah's Witnesses: "HAVE you ever thought, ‘Am I the kind of person Jehovah will want to save during the great tribulation and bring into the new world?’", asks JW.org in the introduction to the Study Article "Give us … Continue reading One Question in October 2015 Watchtower exposes Barbarity of the Undue Influence Jehovah’s Witnesses are subject to