Knocking

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Jehovah's Witnesses are moral conservatives who stay out of politics and the Culture War, but have won a record number of court cases expanding freedom for everyone. They refuse blood transfusions on religious grounds, but embrace the science behind bloodless surgery. Following a family that stood firm for their controversial and misunderstood Christian faith, Knocking reveals how one unlikely religion helped to shape history beyond the doorstep.

Educators can use this collection to support viewing of Knocking while engaging students in discussions about civil rights, First Amendment freedoms, the role of religion in medical practices and ethics, religious tolerance, and personal belief systems. The activities foster discussion about these topics so that students, teachers, and community members may gain a greater understanding and appreciation of religious beliefs and tolerance for those who differ from us.

  • Knocking | Film Discussion Guide

    This discussion guide is designed as a tool to facilitate dialogue, and deepen understanding of the complex issues in Knocking, a film that follows two families who stand firm for their controversial and misunderstood Christian faith. Knocking reveals how Jehovah's Witnesses have helped shape history beyond the doorstep. Viewers will focus and learn about religious tolerance in America and understand the complexities and rights surrounding religious freedoms in the administration of medical care. The guide provides resources and suggestions for areas to take action and to explore.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Knocking | Educator Guide

    Educators can use this guide to support viewing of Knocking while engaging students in discussions about civil rights, First Amendment freedoms, the role of religion in medical practices and ethics, religious tolerance, and personal belief systems. The film and education guide activities foster discussion about these topics within families and in the broader school community so that students, teachers, and community members may gain a greater understanding and appreciation of religious beliefs and tolerance for those who differ from us.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Understanding the Religion and Politics of Jehovah’s Witnesses | Knocking Film Module

    This clip documents the record number of U.S. Supreme Court cases fought and won by Jehovah's Witnesses, which have expanded freedoms for all Americans. Historical footage and Holocaust scholars reveal the courageous dissent of Witnesses in Nazi Germany. The clip introduces a contemporary Witness family, 23-year-old Seth Thomas and his parents as they go knocking in suburban Texas.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Transfusion | Knocking Film Module

    This clip follows the Thomas family as they struggle to obtain a bloodless liver transplant for their son Seth. It examines the complexities of medical decision-making as family and physicians try to follow religious beliefs and save a young man’s life. Medical ethicists reflect on the Witness’s role in obtaining advancements in treatment that may benefit many people.

    Grades: 9-13+

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