Charles Taze Russell--The Times, San Mateo CA

ptilery Member Photo

Clipped by ptilery

Charles Taze Russell--The Times, San Mateo CA - Founder a Young Rebel Charles Taze Russell did...
Founder a Young Rebel Charles Taze Russell did not seem like a rebel when he was a child. In fact, it was quite the converse. He was devoted to the orthodox tenets of Presbyterianism like his mother. He spent long hours studying the Bible and dwelling on the spirit. But, by the time the young man from Pittsburgh was 20, he had founded what amounted to a new religion: The Jehovah's Witnesses. Breaking with his upbringing, which included some of the beliefs of the Congre- Rationalists as well as the Presbyterians. Russell formed his own Bible study class in Pittsburgh. From 1877 on, he preached that Christ's second coming would be invisible, that the end of the Gentile times would come in 1914, followed by war between capitalism and communism or socialism, after which God's Kingdom by Christ would rule the earth. By the early 1880's. Russell was well into the business of printing what grew into The Watchtower, one of the official organs of the new faith. Russell, called Pastor Russell by his followers even though he was never ordained a minister in any faith, dedicated his life and fortune, which was said to be considerable, to preaching about Jesus' coming millenial reign. According to historian Timothy White, Russell was not a Healthy man. He suffered from headaches, cystitis and related ailments. Even with those afflictions, he still managed to travel more than 1 million miles, to give about 30,000 sermons, to write 50,000 pages of religious material along with about 1,000 letters a month. ' Russell died in 1916 on a train outside Pampa, Tex., during a lecture tour. CHARLES TAZE RUSSELL

Clipped from
  1. The Times,
  2. 29 Sep 1973, Sat,
  3. Page 16

ptilery Member Photo
  • Charles Taze Russell--The Times, San Mateo CA

    ptilery – 12 Jun 2013

Want to comment on this Clipping? Sign up for a free account, or sign in