by Terry 14 Replies latest watchtower bible

  • LDH
    Rutherford was slick, no doubt about that.

    VM, agree. In this case, the medium (magazines) WAS the message, not the other way around.

    I would like to think that because people have access to the internet, radio, newspapers, etc they would not be so easily fooled, but one look at sunday morning television (Benny Hinn, Joel Osteen, etc) tells me I'm living in a fantasy world.

    The JW just got suckered by the wrong people.

  • DannyHaszard

    I call it mealy-mouthing

    Danny of the 'smash mouth' class

  • Terry
    I call it mealy-mouthing

    Duplicitous, under-handed, insidious propagandizing! (That's the eight dollar version of what Danny said )

  • tetrapod.sapien
    Duplicitous, under-handed, insidious propagandizing!

    it's not just the watchtower, of course. muslims, xians and jews, along with other religions do the same thing. but then again, they are all just trying to run a succesful business, so why blame them? lol.


  • Terry

    Language forms the central core of religious systems.

    For example, Shakespeare was such an enormous force in welding a unity in the English language that it served as a paragon of exemplary imitation in speech and writing thereafter. The King James Bible smells like Shakespeare as a result. The problem with languages in flux is that there is nothing to keep the language from deteriorating in constant revamping and neologisms that are mostly regional colloquialisms. Shakespeare put the brakes on, so to speak, and slowed down the flux in English long enough for there to be an attempt at standardizing it. The Pilgrims brought King James with them and the American language is chock full of that contrived purple prose at its inception.

    That was America and England. Other countries had their sterling example of the written word used as "that which must be imitated".

    In France, it was Victor Hugo's Les Miserables that froze the morphing of that tongue.

    In the Middle East it was THE KORAN which ritualized the Arab tongue and made it unified.

    And so on.........

    I'd posit that it wasn't until the SEPTUIGENT (Greek!) that "scripture" for Jews became a common parlance of a literary exemplar which triggered the intricate plottings of redactors and popularizers of Judaism. This allowed the Synoptic nonsense to come into being.

    All in all---to "prove" an orthodoxy you must have the written word.

    He who controls the writing controls the mind of the believer.

    (i.e. New World Translation)

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