From the back cover: Finding a proper balance between freedom and responsibility is a problem that has faced every serious Christian. For those raised in a highly structured religious environment, balancing loyalties to a religious organisation, family, and personal conscience may raise difficult issues. Raymond Franz's first-hand account of the issues with which he struggFrom the back cover: Finding a proper balance between freedom and responsibility is a problem that has faced every serious Christian. For those raised in a highly structured religious environment, balancing loyalties to a religious organisation, family, and personal conscience may raise difficult issues. Raymond Franz's first-hand account of the issues with which he struggled forms the theme of his first book, Crisis of Conscience. A third-generation Jehovah's Witness, Franz served for over 40 years at every level of the organisation's structure. He spent nine of those years as a member of the central executive council, the Governing Body. His experience gives him a unique perspective on the issues facing sincere Jehovah's Witnesses who may question their religious beliefs or the structure of their organisation. It also provides a rare look into the words, actions and attitudes of a small group of men who serve as administrators, legislators, and judges for Jehovah's Witnesses. Professor Stephen Cox, of the University of California: "In Search of Christian Freedom is one of the fullest and most perceptive accounts available of the life of a modern religious group. Never before, perhaps, has the relationship between religious belief and institutional practice been so closely examined. The author has at his command unparalleled sources of information on the religious organisation on which his study focuses; he also has a firm grasp of the problems of faith and freedom that have challenged Christianity since its beginning."...
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In Search of Christian Freedom Reviews
franz comes across as being very sincere and even-handed in his critique of the witness organization. this is a very detailed dissection of some key doctrine with which he disagrees, and he makes his case well.
If you liked his first book, "Crisis of Conscience", then you'll like this book too. It's very much the same; an extension to the first book.There are a few parts that are far more about his own religious beliefs rather than a book that's critical of Jehovah's Witnesses. Which, if you're critical of Jehovah's Witnesses, but still consider yourself Christian, you'll probably enjoy. Otherwise, you may not. But overall, the book reads very closely to "Crisis of Conscience". There are also some topics in this book that would be extremely helpful to those who are trying to leave the religion or are otherwise constantly dealing with it. For example, there's entire chapters on how the policy on blood transfusions is not bible based and on the misuse of disfellowshiping. The two areas that cause the most controversy with the religion. I would even go so far as to suggest that if you're dealing with this type of scenario (you or someone you know: needs a blood transfusion, or is about to be shunned), you could probably benefit to having these chapters on hand at all times for discussion with Witnesses who are willing to listen.
Mr. Franz just can't seem to accept that the bible is a bunch of nonsense. But I did enjoy reading this book where he uses the bible to tear to shreds every bit of the Jehovah's Witness teachings.
The author does a fine job of telling his own individual opinions of what happens in this organization. As an ex witness myself i accept that my conscience would not allow me to continue, but not because i disagreed with the lifestyle of the Witnesses. Here is a man, Franz, who has bailed out of the religion only to find an almighty gap in his life. To fill this gap, and to make a part revenge part "crutch" attempt at the group, he has lowered himself to nit-picking every singly anomaly and event which he couldn't explain in his own mind. He fails to understand that the witnesses live a good clean life and respect the environment around them. At the same time they are human, and make mistakes, sometimes massive ones. Franz should remember that it is not the beliefs of the Organization that let it down, but the human, imperfect people who try to live up to it's standards. In reading his 2 books Franz comes across as a person who when he was a Jehovah's Witness, envisioned green grass, trees and lakes and running with wild animals in a glorious new system on earth. Does he not realize that a God who has created all science and physics would make that his ultimate plan for humans? He should read deeper into the scriptures and into the historicity of the Bible. Really, in truth, anyone who attempts to write these types of books should first of all consider there own state of mind. Why are they doing it? To get back at a religion which failed them personally? Well, that is for them to answer.
Quite a read, but very helpful in understanding the JW world and Franz's journey. I read this a few years ago.