The group now known as the Jehovah's Witnesses was founded in 1879 by Charles Taze Russell, a Pennsylvania businessman. Russell's Adventist background as well as his study of the Bible led him to conclude, among other things, that the second coming of Christ would occur in 1914, that hellfire did not exist, and God was not a Trinity. Today, there are over 6 million practicing Jehovah's Witnesses worldwide. Witnesses are active in evangelism and missions, both in the group's original home of the United States and throughout the world.
Many people want to know: What do Jehovah's Witnesses believe? Is Jehovah's Witnesses a cult? What is the Jehovah's Witnesses' Bible and how is it different than other Bibles? Why don't Jehovah's Witnesses celebrate holidays and birthdays? Why do they distribute The Watchtower and Awake magazines? What is their history? And why is there such a strong presence of ex-Jehovah's Witnesses in literature and on the internet?
The table of contents below will direct you to various topics on the Jehovah's Witness religion, from beliefs to history to practices to important literature and much more. (Note: Category headings go to the home page for that subject.)