Le Béthel, ordre religieux jéhoviste?

Abstract : Jehovah's Witnesses refuse the principle of monastic life. Yet the Watch Tower has headquarters (a Bethel) in every country, where are permanent members for administrative, printing and translation purposes. These permanent members lead a community life very similar to a religious order. The author enlarges the comparison by using analogical traits in order to see if the Bethel may be considered a religious order within J.W. movement. He confronts the characteristics of religious order a proposed by E. Goffman and Michael Hill to those of the Bethel. His conclusion is that the Bethel is a type of Curia-order, closer t Tibetan than to western monachism.
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Régis Dericquebourg. Le Béthel, ordre religieux jéhoviste?. Archives de Sciences Sociales des Religions, Éditions de l’EHESS, 1980, 50 (1 (juillet-septembre)), pp.77-88. ⟨halshs-00010155⟩

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