The Renaissance was a revival that originated in Italy in the 14th century and later spread throughout Europe. The transistion was made from the Medieval era to the Modern era. During this time, a revival of classical literature, art, architecture and sculpture emerged.
The Watchtower Society has never had a revival in its life time, there are no celebrated scholars, artists of musicians that have been enocuraged by the Society to advance their achievements and stayed the course of faith.
There are those who ignore the Societys divine edict against "higher education" and go to university anyway. If these students are to achieve in life, they must first break the shackles of Watchtowerdom - or forever be a slave.
The uniformity of "Jehovah's People" has produced a system whereby no one excels at anything and no one is encouraged to pursue their gifts and talents in whatever shape or form they come in.
The Witnesses are encourgaed to "put Kingdom interests first" and not to pursue higher education or "programs for personal fulfillment" as the April 15, 2006 WT advises. Hence, you have a global homogenous group that has no personal goals and no fulfillment in the humanistic sense.
Take the average congregation - apart from public speaking and recruitment, do you personally know what the average witness excels at? Do you know their dreams and goals? Are they literary, intellectual or philosophical? Do they paint, sing, play an instrument?
There are Witnesses endowed with gifts and abilities - but they are generally not encouraged to use them, unless they are at Bethel.
Congregation gatherings are becoming exceedingly rare, and even these are carefully structured so that no one has any real say in what happens there, except the elder body.
Jehovah's Witnesses have enormous potential, but this is completely untapped - imagine - the Witness youth who aren't able to go to college or university, even participate in after school clubs - will go through a life time of denial of personal fulfillment - anything he or she becomes good at simply stays in the confines of their home.
Their potential and creativity are never developed - hence the youth becomes a bland former shadow of theirself, slaving away at pioneering and working at a mundane job with low pay.
If this is the future of the current generation of Jehovah's Witnesses, it is a very sad one indeed.
With no social program for the youth, the elderly, mothers or children or anyone in particular for that matter, most witnesses only see each other at the Kingdom Hall or out in service. even there, they are not supposed to talk of worldly things but to talk of spiritual matters. In this limited social setting, friendships are sporadic and brief and rarely have depth.
The time is long overdue for a renaissance in this religion, but sadly the cult is set up in such a way that personal achievement, and fulfillment will never be encouraged or celebrated.