Introduction Part One: History 1. The Doctrinal Background of a New American Religious Movement 2. Charles Russell and the Bible Student Movement 3. The Creation of a Theocracy 4. The Era of Global Expansion 5. Prophetic Failure and Reaction 6. From Dynamic Growth to Organizational Stagnation 7. Relations with the World Part Two: Concepts and Doctrine 8. Bases of Doctrinal Authority 9. Major Doctrines Part Three: Organization and Community 10. Organizational Structure 11. The Witness Community Conclusion
"Apocalypse Delayed is a major work of scholarship, well written and exhaustive. Few, if any, can match Professor Penton's knowledge of the literature of, by, and about the movement." -- M. Darrol Bryant, Director, Centre for Dialogue and Spirituality in the World's Religions, Renison University College, University of Waterloo
M. James Penton is a professor emeritus of history and religious studies at the University of Lethbridge.
"A well-written, clear and fascinating study." -- James A. Beverley Toronto Journal of Theology "All in all, this is an excellent book and required reading for those interested in Jehovah's Witnesses. Penton's special perspective provides a scholarly inside look at a fascinating and persistent example of modern millenarianism." -- Timothy P. Weber American Historical Review 'This is not a vindictive slamming of the Witness organization by a raving ex-member, but a carefully written, well-documented critical analysis by a scholar with the special insight that only a former insider could give.' -- Dwayne Janke Lethbridge Herald 'M. James Penton offers us one of the few comprehensive accounts of a sectarian tradition that remains an enigma to scholars of modern religion.' -- Robert C. Fuller The Journal of Religion 'Penton, a fourth generation Witness with an impeccable academic background, sets forth a detailed and damning outline of the movement and, in particular, those who run the world wide organization.' -- Grant MacGillivray Halifax Daily News 'Highly recommended.' -- D.S. Azzolina Choice Magazine - vol 53:01:2015 "Penton's unique position - a well-travelled, fourth-generation member who served in various capacities - makes him a reliable informant. He aptly gives insight into major doctrines, past and recent prophetic speculation, the authority structure of the Witness organization, and the harshness of the total ban upon those who attempt open discussion of any differing exegetical view." Christianity Today