Why the Jehovah's witnesses grow so rapidly: A theoretical application

@article{Stark1997WhyTJ,
  title={Why the Jehovah's witnesses grow so rapidly: A theoretical application},
  author={Rodney Stark and Laurence R. Iannaccone},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary Religion},
  year={1997},
  volume={12},
  pages={133-157}
}
Abstract This paper applies a general theory of why religious movements succeed or fail to explain why the Jehovah's Witnesses are the most rapidly growing religious movement in the western world. In addition to qualitative assessments of Witness doctrines, organisational structures, internal networks, and socialisation, we utilise quantitative data from a variety of sources to assess such things as the impact of failed prophesies, how “strictness”; eliminates free‐riders and strengthens… 

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