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  • Who are JWs?  

    April 19, 2012, 01:33

    Jehovah's Witnesses is a millenarian restorationist Christian denomination with non-trinitarian beliefs distinct from mainstream Christianity. The religion…

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    December 9, 2012, 04:32

    Readers have questions. . .   Website visitors will occasionally have technical issues. . .   And sometimes, despite our best laid plans and…


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    January 24, 2013, 17:11

    As the editor of several websites I am frequently approached by former Jehovah's Witnesses who have written a book about their life stories and experiences…

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    January 14, 2013, 17:39

    Everyone has a bad year now and then. We all have to contend with illness, accidents, unemployment, natural disasters, family problems - events that can really…

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    December 7, 2012, 13:56

    It was November 1965 when, while still in my early twenties, I walked out of the Kingdom Hall as a disfellowshipped person. Because I had come to disagree…

  • AAWA Releases New Abuse Video by: The Editor

    May 30, 2013, 00:59

    The Advocates for Awareness of Watchtower Abuses (AAWA) announced on May 30th the release of a new video that describes the ways the Watchtower uses horrific…

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    March 31, 2013, 15:27

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    December 1, 2012, 00:01

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    September 16, 2012, 12:46

    The leaders of the Watchtower Society do their best to deny that their extreme shunning policy harms anyone. They describe it as simply a way to keep their…

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    August 25, 2014, 11:00

    The Documentary, "Witness to Murder," for ID Discovery Channel By Jim Kostelniuk, a participant As the father of two murdered children, Juri and Lindsay…

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    December 1, 2012, 04:35

    We all experience moments that shock us into understanding how lucky we are to just be alive - not to mention how well off we might be physically, mentally,…

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    February 16, 2013, 15:33

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    January 12, 2013, 13:36

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    It's very unlikely that the Watchtower Society would want you to read any of the following five books. In many Kingdom Halls, if the elders discovered that…

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    April 3, 2013, 01:15

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    May 26, 2013, 17:27

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    January 28, 2013, 13:58

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    September 9, 2013, 12:47

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    June 4, 2014, 19:31

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    March 20, 2013, 12:10

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    January 6, 2014, 01:05

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    March 27, 2013, 00:04

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    May 1, 2013, 14:00

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    January 8, 2013, 04:35

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    July 12, 2015, 17:34

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    June 4, 2014, 03:46

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  • WTW Editor on "The Thinking Atheist" Podcast by: The Editor (6)

    November 13, 2013, 00:59

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  1. 11-13-2013

    Excellent podcast. I thought I knew a lot about JW, until I heard this. All the participants were well spoken and had unique perspectives on the life of a JW. John Hoyle had some amazing insights into shunning. Amazing stuff.

  2. 11-13-2013

    I really enjoyed the podcast The Thinking Atheist I listened to the entire podcast. About Jehovah’s Witnesses and Ex Jehovah’s witnesses. He is a thinking Atheist who asked questions and got answers to his Questions. You will notice how calm he was in his Questions. He is worth listening too.

  3. The Editor

    Bob and Robert III – Just to let you know that the above article was accidentally published while still being edited. So the final version is quite different than the version you saw. Thanks for your very kind comments. And please check out Seth’s videos and podcasts. He presents his views and observations in a very clear and professional manner.

  4. Richard E. Kelly

    John, your interview with Seth was awesome! You did an outstanding job as an interviewee. You have to do this again and again. This will get some big-time attention if the right ears can hear it.

  5. 3-20-2014

    It was that podcast that led me here. I an neither a former witness, nor an atheist. However, have friends who are JW’s and would love to see them leave the organization. This podcast is very insightful.

  6. 4-12-2016

    Recently Mom (non-JW) passed, my eldest Sis (JW for 49 years) wanted me to take care of everything so I (non-JW) did – have been Mom’s 24/7 caregiver for the last 7 years. When Sis found out that I was left the house and her and my other Sis (non-JW) the monies, stock, life insurance, & furniture, all the sudden she wanted to be executor as nominated in the will & I’m ok with that. She read me the riot act about she should get more than was in the will so I contacted an Attorney for advice & he said she needed to file probate if she wanted the job, & he said it’s just that, a job. When I told her this, she went vile on me with texts for 4.5 hr. I did not respond with same vileness. I read in the PDF of Sheppard of the Flock of God – Chapter 5, that she had committed at least three dis-fellowshippable offense. I realize that the WBTS would back her, and I wouldn’t want to bring that on her – but still the same, she has committed the offenses ie; lying, bearing false witness, reviling. She and her “Elder” husband didn’t really want to use legal channels to settle the estate until she realized she couldn’t do it any other way and currently doesn’t want to give me time to legal counsel, just wants to bully & bum rush me. I used to bristle when folks would call JW’s a cult – however – my Sis has done a stellar job, (and extensive research into the “Organization” and it’s Founders) – that this, this entity is in fact a Cult. Thanks for letting me vent.

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