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Christian faith groups


About Jehovah's Witnesses (WTS)

Note: Please don't send us abusive Emails that
attack the WTS. This section is about the WTS;
It is not an official Jehovah's Witness website.


"The worldwide [Jehovah's Witnesses] organization is directed by an unpaid governing body serving at the international offices in Brooklyn, New York. It uses the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of publish literature, supervise global evangelizing, and organize conventions and schools for the ministry of Jehovah's Witnesses." 1

This essay is one of many dozens of essays on Christian denominations. It is published by the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance which is not related to either the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society or the Jehovah's Witnesses.

We receive an enormous number of complaint Emails critical of our description of the Jehovah's Witnesses as a Christian denomination. Many Christians have a much more restrictive definition of the term "Christian" than we do. Before sending us a complaint Email, please read our essay on the diversity of definitions of the term "Christianity"  Also please note that we do not respond to abusive or obscene Emails which unfortunately form the majority of Emails on this topic.

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Topics covered in this essay:

bulletIntroduction: Overview, History, Religious Texts, Organizational structure
bulletMajor beliefs
bulletPredictions of the end of the world as we know it
bulletSame-sex marriage
bullet Major practices including disfellowshipping
bulletMedical teachings:
bulletPast opposition to vaccinations
bulletBlood transfusion and related procedures
bulletOpposition to the Witnesses; copyright; persecution in France; NGO status at the UN
bulletPersecution in Nazi Germany
bullet Oppression from 1998 to now in Russia

bulletBan on activity in Moscow, Russia during 2004
bulletChild sexual abuse:
bulletChurch policies and examples of abuse
bulletReactions by church leaders, members, an advocacy group, etc.
bulletWitnesses' resources on the Internet

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Reference used:

  1. "Who are Jehovah's Witnesses," Office of Public Information of Jehovah's Witnesses, at:

Publications of the WTS & splinter groups:

bullet Three official Jehovah's Witnesses' web sites have been consolidated into a single site at

bulletPDF files of books, pamphlets and other publications related to the Jehovah's Witnesses and covering the interval 1872 to 1959 have been placed online at the "Theocratic Library." See:

bullet "Dictionary of J.W.ese: The unique language of Jehovah's Witnesses" is online at: The definitions of common words as used by the WTS and other Christians differ. There are also many uniquely WTS terms listed.

How you got here: Home page > Christianity > Christian Denominations >  here

Copyright © 1996 to 2015 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written on: 1996-SEP-29

Last updated on: 2015-JUL-31
Author: B.A. Robinson

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