Why Is It Called A "KINGDOM" Hall?

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  • Englishman

    Oxford Reference Dictionary:

    kingdom n. 1. A territory or State ruled by a king or queen; a domain. 2 , the most inclusive taxonomic category consisting of a number of phyla (in zoology) or divisions (in botany).

    So why is it called a Kingdom Hall, then?

    Beats me!


  • Gopher

    Because it's the edifice that is the center of true worship in the community, where sheeplike individuals gain a proper education about God's Kingdom, the solution to man's problems. The Kingdom is the theme of the Bible , right? If salvation were the theme of the Bible, then they would be called "Salvation Halls".

  • Matty

    I honestly don't think that Rutherford gave it much forethought, I think it was a throwaway line when he said "Don't you think we should call it 'Kingdom Hall,' since that is what we are doing, preaching the good news of the Kingdom?" "We" - yeah, that guy never knocked on one door in his life. You can imagine all the sycophants around him saying "What an excellent idea brother Rutherford, that's exactly what we should do!".

  • JH

    I call it a Kingdub hall.

  • TresHappy

    I think they did it to throw the scent off of them being compared to "Babylon the Great." Didn't Russell and his bunch worship in a tabernacle, or something like that.

  • Angharad

    Who else would have loved to tap into the sound system and put Van Morrison's Kingdom Hall song on

    Dosent sound like any of the halls I went to!

    Kingdom Hall

    So glad to see you
    So glad you're here
    Come here beside me now
    We can clear inhibition away
    All inhibitions
    Throw them away
    And when we dance like this
    Like we've never been dancin' before

    Oh, they were swingin'
    Down at Kingdom Hall
    Oh, bells were ringin'
    Down at the Kingdom Hall
    A choir was singin'
    Down at the Kingdom Hall
    Hey, liley, liley, liley
    Hey, liley, liley, low
    Do do do do do do, do
    Do do do do do do
    Do do do do do do, do
    Do do do do do do

    Good body music
    Brings you right here
    Free flowin' motion now
    When we're shakin' it out on the floor
    Good rockin' music
    Down in your shoes
    And when we dance like this
    Like we've never been dancin' before

    Repeat Chorus

    Down at the Kingdom Hall
    They were havin' a party
    They were havin' a ball
    Bells were ringing out
    And the choir was singin'
    Hey, liley, liley, liley
    Hey, liley, liley, low
    Do do, do do, do do, do do
    Sugar was there
    Did you see Sugar
    Down at the Kingdom Hall
    Sugar was tough

  • expatbrit

    Because "whacked out family-destroying killing kids with nutty medical crap and covering up child molestors cult hall" doesn't roll off the tongue quite so easily.


  • cruzanheart

    It had to be called something besides a church, synagogue or mosque. I suppose they could have called it "Playhouse Russell" but that might have sounded too frivolous.

    Nina (of the Too-Much-Disney-Channel class)

  • BluesBrother

    I guess they wanted it to sound different from a church . This was back in the days when they said they were not a religion because all religion was a snare and a racket . Since "The kingdom " is what they claim to be all about, I guess ir fits. They dont sing hymns either , they have a songbook - for the same reason

  • Holey_Cheeses*King_of_the juice.
    Holey_Cheeses*King_of_the juice.


    cheeses was laughing his silly little head off with that one.

    I read a post recently where someone referred to the halls as kingDUMB halls - liked that one too!

    cheeses - almost ready for bed.

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