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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 organization, 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….
In Search of Christian Freedom, the sequel to Crisis of Conscience, provides even more comprehensive study….
The issues and options discussed herein, although relating particularly to the structure of Jehovah’s Witnesses, are not so very different from issues other Christians have faced and continue to face when they seek to reconcile considerations for conscience, loyalty, responsibility and freedom. This work will mover readers — of any religion — to consider seriously how much they value Christian freedom and to ask how genuine their own freedom is.
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Franz reviews and tests the entire authority structure of his former religion and makes a solid inquiry into the general issue of Christian freedom as it pertains to other religious movements as well, using sound logic, Biblical and moral precedents…. Franz digs deeper than the majority of literature of this genre, investigating why the Witnesses and members of other comparable religious movements believe what they do…. For those who are actively questioning the validity and properness of submitting to religious authority or of ready-made religious systems for a meaning in life, I believe that one could hardly do better than to delve into this book.
This book is basically about how organized religion in general, and more specifically about how the Watchtower Society (Jehovah’s witnesses), can smother one’s Christian freedom (and will) with man-made (couched as Bible teachings) teachings and dogmas. It is well written, well reasoned, well documented, and one of the best books I have read…. This book is not just about Jehovah’s witnesses. Its moderate and balanced reasoning on the topic of man imposing his will upon his fellow man (i.e., organized religion in general) applies equally to most religions whether you be a Mormon, a Seventh Day Adevntist, a Baptist, or a Cathloic…. there is little or no bitterness in the author’s style of writing. I think that’s what I like most about his style. Franz is very non-judgemental and moderate and reasonable and allows the reader to use their own reasoning skills instead of being dogmatic like writers of the Watchtower organization.
If you are a JW with questions – PLEASE read this book. It will change you forever.
After reading this book, I could find no reason to question the integrity of Franz’ experience within the upper echelons of the Watch Tower Society, nor could I find fault with his candor and appreciation of the things which he finds to make life worthwhile. His experience has apparently strengthened his faith, rather than demolishing it… a refreshing point of note which should comfort readers who are hesitant to forego their faith in God, in Jesus as his Son, and as the Bible as the Word of God. At the same time, “Christian Freedom” leaves a great deal of room for the diversity of opinion and ideology, which Franz believes should exist as a natural product of the undiluted Christian faith.