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Welcome to the WikiProject Jehovah's Witnesses! The project helps editors working on Jehovah's Witnesses-related articles by providing a repository of information and resources, and providing a place for discussions that affect more than one article.

Key goals[edit]

  • To make the Wikipedia articles about Jehovah's Witnesses the most comprehensive and highest quality on the web.
  • To establish some guidelines to allow uniformity across articles about Jehovah's Witnesses.
  • To improve the main Jehovah's Witnesses article to featured article quality.

How to help[edit]

  1. Put your name in the alphabetical Participants list.
  2. Read the editing guidelines.
  3. Help with the open tasks.
  4. Help ensure that the more essential content relating to the Jehovah's Witnesses is at high quality. A list of topics related to the Jehovah's Witnesses which are to be found in other reference works, presumably indicating they are among the most important topics related to the JW's, can be found at Wikipedia:WikiProject Jehovah's Witnnesses/Articles.

JW Project mini-RFC[edit]

Please add sections here to draw attention to JW-related articles that require attention of other editors involved in the project.

Recognized content[edit]

Featured content[edit]

Good articles[edit]

DYK (Did You Know)s[edit]

Formerly recognized content[edit]

Former featured content[edit]

Former good articles[edit]

Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team selections[edit]

Editing guidelines[edit]

  • State, "The Watchtower says..." rather than, "Jehovah's Witnesses believe...". This avoids difficulties in different interpretations of what the WT is saying; the WT statement can be interpreted by the reader, rather than by editors.
  • Use the newest available reference when stating what JWs currently believe.

Cite sources[edit]

All Wikipedia articles should cite sources to allow for verification. A third party must be able to check the source and ensure the statement is correct. Statement about what JWs believe would naturally cite JW publications. Statements about practices could cite JW publications, media reports and other publications. Wikipedians' own first-hand knowledge or personal experiences are not eligible sources.

Citing Jehovah's Witnesses publications[edit]

Do not use the Watchtower reference format when referring to Watchtower literature. References should conform to Wikipedia reference style, as noted in Wikipedia:Cite_sources and Wikipedia:Cite_sources/example_style. This enables non-Jehovah's Witnesses to use the references and maintains consistency across Wikipedia articles.

For example, instead of writing g 5/10 pp. 24-25, use "Happy Despite Severe Disabilities". (May, 2010). Awake!, pp. 24-25.

How to cite sources[edit]

Use a footnote to quote the source when explaining JW teachings to allow for immediate verification by readers and editors, by using <ref></ref> and <references/> tags.

This is an example of a whole document in wiki format.<ref>and this is a note about the text from page 25 of a book. If known, give full reference including title, author, and ISBN.</ref> ==References== <references/>

Example[edit]

Jehovah's Witnesses believe that God has always dealt with his people as an organized group, and that he continues to do so today.[1]
...
References
  1. ^ "These examples clearly show that in the past God has always dealt with his people as an organized group. The few individuals with whom God had dealings personally—Noah, Moses, Jesus, and others—were, in fact, used by Him to communicate with a closely associated group. There is no reason to believe that God deals any differently with his servants today. Of course, this gives rise to another question: Will affiliation with just any religious group suffice? We will consider this vital question in the next article." — "Should You Belong to a Church?". (June 1, 2004). The Watchtower, pp. 3-4.

Templates[edit]

Citation templates can be used so that references are presented in a consistent fashion. For the periodicals, The Watchtower, Awake! and Our Kingdom Ministry, the {{cite journal}} template can be used. For example:

  • <ref>{{cite journal|journal=The Watchtower|title=Why Snakes Hurt|date=November 15, 2006|page=15}}</ref>

For other publications, the {{cite book}} template can be used.

Use of scriptures[edit]

Do not cite supporting scriptures when explaining doctrines or practices. If discussing the interpretation of a particular passage, quote the passage and then provide the JW interpretation.

Example[edit]

Do not write like this:

Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Christians are required to 'speak in agreement'. (1 Corinthians 1:10)

Instead, write like this:

Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Christians are required to obey the command at 1 Corinthians 1:10 (NWT) :
"Now I exhort you, brothers, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ that you should all speak in agreement, and that there should not be divisions among you, but that you may be fitly united in the same mind and in the same line of thought."
They interpret this verse to mean that (interpretation goes here).

Or like this:

Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Christians are required to obey the command at 1 Corinthians 1:10 (NWT) to "speak in agreement" by (interpretation goes here).

Watchtower Society versus Governing Body[edit]

When referring to leadership of Jehovah's Witnesses or those that set policy or doctrine, refer specifically to the Governing Body or the Faithful and discreet slave as required. Do not use the terms "the Society" or "the Watchtower Society".

Watchtower Society versus Watch Tower Society[edit]

The Watch Tower Society is a corporation incorporated in Pennsylvania that oversees the activities of subsidiary corporations used by Jehovah's Witnesses worldwide. The Watchtower Society is a New York based corporation responsible for administrative functions primarily within the United States. When referring to the Watch Tower Society or the Watchtower Society, take note of how the terms should be used.

Watch Tower Society should be used when referring to evangelical functions, specifically including:

  • Donations to the Society (Insurance policies, bank accounts, stocks & bonds, real estate, wills, trusts.) *Note however that the Society instructs that annuities be directed to the Watchtower Society
  • Branch Offices
  • Construction work
  • Teaching programs
  • Writing of literature
  • Organizing conventions, including renting of facilities
  • Operation of Society facilities

Watchtower Society should be used when referring to administrative functions, specifically including:

  • Assets (radio stations, farms, factories, printeries, real estate purchased for such facilities) owned by the Society
  • The Society's legal department
  • International corporations ('legal instruments') used by the Society
  • Hosting Gilead/Missionary Schools
  • Production and shipping of literature

When referring to the following, context determines which should be used:

  • Headquarters
  • President (or secretary, etc.)

Regarding publications of Jehovah's Witnesses, though there is some variation (mostly in first-person accounts):

  • Literature published prior to 1986 is "published by the Watch Tower [Bible and Tract] Society [of New York]".
  • Literature published from 1986 to 2000 is "published by the Watchtower [Bible and Tract] Society [of New York]".
  • Literature since 2001 is "published by Jehovah's Witnesses".
  • Can be "Watchtower/Watch Tower [Bible and Tract] Society [of New York]", but never "Watchtower [Bible and Tract] Society of Pennsylvania".

Readability for non-JWs[edit]

Wikipedia articles are for the general public, and as such, the articles about Jehovah's Witnesses should not require familiarity with Jehovah's Witnesses, the Bible or Christian beliefs. Avoid phrases that are unique to Jehovah's Witnesses that haven't been defined within the article. Generally avoid colloquialisms unique to Jehovah's Witnesses unless quoting directly from a source.

Wikilinks[edit]

When wikilinking a generic term, JW-related articles should link to the article about the generic term rather than JW-specific terms. For example, "hymns" should be linked to hymn, not Kingdom songs. Where it may be helpful to link to the JW-specific term, rephrase to include a link to both terms, e.g.:

Meetings of Jehovah's Witnesses are opened with the singing of hymns, which they refer to as Kingdom songs.

Contradictions[edit]

Editors should not attempt to reconcile contradictory statements in JW publications, as this is original research. Simply state both statements, and allow the reader to determine how to reconcile them. For example:

Jehovah's Witnesses publications vary on who will survive Armageddon. While The Watchtower has often stated that Jehovah's Witnesses cannot speculate on who will survive Armageddon[1][2], it has also indicated that ...[3][4].

Templates[edit]

Navboxes[edit]

A vertical 'Part of a series...' template can be added to JW-related articles using the {{Jehovah's Witnesses}} template.

Alternatively, a horizontal navbox can be included using the {{Jehovah's Witnesses navbox}} template. This template should be used where the article is too short to justify the vertical template, or if other layout issues make the vertical template impractical. The horizontal template may also be used where the article is only of secondary importance to Jehovah's Witnesses.

Talk page notice[edit]

Please tag the Talk pages of articles which are about Jehovah's Witnesses with the {{WikiProject Christianity|jehovah's-witnesses=yes|jehovah's-witnesses-importance=}} template, which expands to the following:

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Categories[edit]

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