Witnesses are taught that Charles Taze Russell originated all the teachings that make Jehovah’s Witnesses stand out from the other religions in Christendom. This turns out to be untrue. In fact, it will surprise most Witnesses to learn that their millenarian teachings come from a Catholic priest, a Jesuit no less. James Penton, a Canadian history professor and author of several scholarly books on Jehovah’s Witnesses takes us back three centuries to the origin of many of the doctrines Witnesses mistakenly believe are theirs alone.

James Penton

James Penton is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Lethbridge in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada and author. His books include "Apocalypse Delayed: The Story of Jehovah's Witnesses" and "Jehovah's Witnesses and the Third Reich".
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