Ray Franz was and is a wonderful man . It takes a big man to admit your life's work was in error .
I am reminded of a quote that fits Ray's life...
"The value of an idea has nothing whatever to do with the sincerity of the man who expresses it."
He fully believed ... but even sincere belief can be misled...
So Ray see's the facts but never lets bitterness swallow him up. A man of wisdom, integrity accepting truth without bitterness,
C.O.C. pg 274 "We have been followers of followers." Another said, "We have been victims of victims." I think both statements are
true. Charles Taze Russell followed the views of certain men of his time, was victimized by some of the myths they propagated as
'revealed truth." Each successive part of the organizational leadership has followed along, at times contributing additional myth
in support of, or in elaboration of, the original myth. In place of rancor, I feel only compassion for those men I know, for I too
was such a "victim of victims," a "follower of followers."
He was without resentment or pride.
another quote ..
I would replace the quality of sincerity with honesty, since one can hold a conviction sincerely without examining it, while honesty would require that one subject one's convictions to frequent scrutiny.
CHRISTOPHER PHILLIPS, Socrates Cafe
I would say if we had to choose between sincerity and honesty then honesty should prevail . It is much better however
to have both together. Circumstance and the "keep busy "mentality denied Ray and most of us full opportunity
to reflect and self-examine our religion.