Watchtower Evolution Fraud

by Amazing 32 Replies latest jw friends

  • Amazing

    The Watchtower Society first published a book on evolution in the late 1960s or early 1970s, simply known as the Evolution book. It is a small hardbound book, the same in size at the old "Truth" book. Other than reading it, I never really studied it. Then sometime in the mid-1980s the Society published a larger book called, "Life - How Did it Get Here - by Evolution or Creation?" Sometime in 1992 I met Alan F. He and I were still officially JWs. He shared a copy of his research work on the Watchtower teachings. I put it in a large three ring note book. It totaled about 500 pages. I would guess that about 350 to 400 pages were dedicated to his research on the book, "Life - How Did it Get Here - by Evolution or Creation?" I was very impressed with his detailed research and findings. Alan was an engineer at a software company, and I was an engineer at Trojan Nuclear Plant, near Rainier, Oregon. Having similar backgrounds, I very much appreciated the academic level of his work. Anyone who reads Alan's posts on JWD understands what I mean. I still have his research work in my library. In my post on Watchtower false arguments, I noted that the Society quoted from a comic TV writer as though he were an expert on the topic of evolutioin> I recalled today the name of the writer was Francis Hitching. I then typed his name into Google, and lo and behold, I see an article written by Alan. Here are a couple of quotes so you can see just how unscholarly the Society is, as well as the source link so you can read all of Alan's article:

    Research on Hitching turned up the following: Hitching is basically a sensational TV script writer and has no scientific credentials. In _The Neck of the Giraffe_ he claimed to be a member of the Royal Archaeological Institute, but an inquiry to that institute said he was not. He implied in the "Acknowledgements" of _The Neck of the Giraffe_ that paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould had helped in the writing of the book, but upon inquiry Gould said he did not know him and had no information about him. Hitching also implied that his book had been endorsed by Richard Dawkins, but upon inquiry Dawkins stated: "I know nothing at all about Francis Hitching. If you are uncovering the fact that he is a charlatan, good for you. His book, _The Neck of the Giraffe,_is one of the silliest and most ignorant I have read for years."
    Source: Note: Hitching wrote the book, "The Neck of the Giraffe" published by Ticknor & Fields, New Haven, Connecticut, 1982, paperback. Clearly, just this short paragraph alone shows is that the Watchtower Society writers do little or no real research. They are not well educated. And, in their lust to "prove" their religion true, they allow themselves to do shoddy work so they can get books to market. They care little for anything we might think of as "truth." Alan also found this quote about Hitching from the Creation/Evolution Newsletter, Sept./Oct. 1987 which shows that Hitching is no better than the Watchtower Society:
    Hitching does cite Bowden's earlier book _Ape-Men -- Fact or Fallacy?_, but Bowden accuses Hitching of "lifting" several passages and illustrations from his book without acknowledgment: in other words, plagiarism. "Hitchin's [sic] book is largely an exposition of the creationists [sic] viewpoint from the beginning to almost the end," Bowden points out.... Hitching is also a paranormalist, an advocate of psychic evolution.... [Hitching's book] _Earth Magic_ is a wild, extremely entertaining and thoroughly psychic interpretation of megalithic structures.... Hitching also includes in his scheme cosmic cataclysms, Atlantis, pyramidology, dowsing, ESP, miraculous healing, and astrology.
    Utterly fascinating ... good work Alan. Jim Whitney

  • Legolas
    I noted that the Society quoted from a comic TV writer as though he were an expert on the topic of evolutioin


    Why doesn't that surprise me!

  • Amazing

    Hi Legolas,

    I inadvertantly hit the Submit button before I completed my post. So, it is done now, and you can read some of Alan's quotes.

    Jim Whitney

  • sir82

    Of course, the great irony is, the Society de facto accepts evolution!

    Per JW teaching, the whole earth was flooded just a little over 4300 years ago. Every single land dwelling animal alive today, per their theology, is a descendant of a pair of animals that was on the Ark.

    If you point out that since there are hundreds of thousands of species of animals alive now, there wouldn't have been room enough on the Ark, given the Bible's dimensions for it.

    "Aha", will say the astute JW, "but the Bible doesn't say Noah took 2 of every species on board, it says he took 2 of every 'kind'! A 'kind' is not a 'species'."

    Well and good, until you remind him that the hundreds of thousands of species alive today must therefore have descended from a much smaller number of species.

    Hmmm...species changing over time, to produce new and different species...isn't that a pretty good layman's definition of evolution?

    The even greater irony is, JWs must accept macro evolution at a pace far faster (4300 years) than even the most ardent "evolutionist" posits!

  • jaguarbass

    When I was a witness in the 70's I thought they accepted what they called adaptation. They just didnt believe man descended from fish. They believed the story of Adam and Eve.

  • skeptic2

    This quote from Thomas Huxley seems quite apt:

    'l would rather be descended from an ape than a bishop'

    Thomas at the time was championing Charles Darwin's idea of Natural Selection, the main voice of opposition was the Bishop of Oxford, Samuel Wilberforce.

  • VM44

    Here is the current wiki article on J. Francis Hitching. . --VM44

    J. Francis Hitching

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    J. Francis Hitching is a British author and dowser. His books are often written about paranormal phenomena.

    According to the biography in his book, The World Atlas of Mysteries, "John Francis Hitching is a member of the Royal Archaeological Institute, the Prehistoric Society, the Society for Psychical Research, the British Society of Dowsers and the American Society of Dowsers". However, the Royal Archaeological Institute has apparently denied his claim of membership[1]. He was born in 1933 and grew up in Stratford-upon-Avon, where his grandfather, Randle Ayrton, was a noted Shakespearian actor. He attended school in Warwick, but in 1950 he left and became a newspaper reporter, then a magazine journalist before producing the British music television programme Ready, Steady, Go!

    While filming a documentary at Carnac in France, the megaliths he saw there inspired him to spend the next four years researching his book Earth Magic, on the subject of standing stones. Again, according to The World Atlas of Mysteries, "he was impressed by the dowsers he met who seemed instinctively to know why the stones had been erected. Some of their information about psychic matters was so extraordinary that he decided they warranted a full investigation and explanation; hence his next book Pendulum". Other books by Hitching include Dowsing: The Psi Connection, Fraud, Mischief, and the Supernatural, Instead of Darwin, and The Neck of the Giraffe. This last book concerns the debate between Creationism and Darwinism and has received a number of highly-critical reviews of its poor or non-existent referencing of source materials[2][3].

    Francis Hitching has appeared several times on television in Great Britain and the United States, talking about alternative theories of archaeology, dowsing, psychic powers and other paranormal phenomena. He wrote or co-wrote several episodes of the television programme In Search of..., hosted by Leonard Nimoy, and appeared on-camera in the episode on dowsing, entitled Water Seekers.



  • lovelylil


    I used the same reasoning about species changing over time IS evolution with my hubby who is not a dub any more but is still not deprogrammed and he insists the WT is right! Not only that my kids and I were talking about what they were learning in school about evolution and my hubby threw a tirade over this. There are many Christians including myself that do believe in the science of evolution. There is no reason not to - the evidence is overwelming.


    you are on a roll the last few days with some really terrific, thought provoking threads. I really hope the current JW lurkers on the board are paying attention.


  • Inquisitor

    Yep, jaguarbass. I remember the adaptation idea too. There was a section on the moths that employed different colours and how one species survived in a season while the other died out.

    I wonder if that phenomenon was genuinely used to support the notion of evolutionary change in animals. For if I'm not mistaken, the type of evolutionary process that the WTS was attempting to disprove is a process that spans out for several million years.Certainly longer than the change of solstice.


  • Inquisitor


    The Huxley quote reminded me of a JW acquaintance.

    When it became the time to place the blue Evolution or Creation book, a bossy elder would often challenge householders with what he felt was a thought-provoking question:

    "Do you think your ancestors were descended from monkeys?" <holds up page depicting apes/ neanderthals>

    Imagine being yelled that question from beyond your front gate early Sunday morning.

    What was worse was that he wold brag of the one or two instances where he got an inoffensive reply and then push for us to try this as a conversation-starter. It's just as well he didn't first meet his wife at a bar. He sucks at one-liners.


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