Remember he was the Witness who wrote a life story for the Awake! magazine where it explains that he taught Greek and he was impressed by the New World Translation and that is why he became a Witness. ("How Knowing Greek Led Me to Know God") Well, like lots of apostates I have always found his story interesting because of course there are many problems with the translation of the Greek that you might expect someone knowledgeable in the language to spot. Also while intelligent Witnesses can often learn Greek and go on to defend the NWT ably, it seems particularly peculiar for someone who already knows Greek well before converting to be impressed with Witness arguments on translation issues. What ever happened to him? Is he still a Witness?
I am also particularly interested in his story because there is a bright Witness locally who frequently makes reference to this article and is clearly very impressed that someone knowledgeable in Greek came into the organization specifically because of the rendering of the NWT. So I always wanted to know what happened to him.
Well I followed that link that was posted today to all those interesting testimonies from former Witnesses. One of the experiences was related by Jay Hess who famously wrote the booklet Jehovah's Witnesses Are Not False Prophets - only to change his mind and declare that they are false prophets shortly thereafter!
Well he mentions his contacts with other Witness apologists Flemings, Herle and Kip before he left the Witnesses. He also claims that Nicholas Kip left the Witnesses around the same time as himself; that was four years previous to the recording which was made in 1996. So that would mean Nicholas Kip left the Witnesses in 1992 only five years after he wrote the Awake! article in 1987. I would really like to share this information with the local Witness who is so impressed by this experience of the man who became a Witness because the of the NWT's scholarly handling of the Greek - but it would seriously blow my 'cover' I suspect.
Anyway, I can find no other confirmation about Nicholas Kip leaving the Witnesses. Has anyone got any more information on this? Can anyone confirm that he left the Witnesses or even have contact information for him?
Given the big thing the Awake! made of this man becoming a Witness while teaching Greek - and Witnesses still refer to it - I really think his story of departure from the Witnesses would be one worth telling.
Maybe there is information already on this on the Internet, but I can't find it.