Interesting article to be studied the day after the failed Judgement Day 2011. I wonder if that was pure luck or planned in order to capitalize on the failure of some nutjob prophesying dates?
I'm guessing that there were three typical responses to this article:
1. The hardcore, die-hard, believing JW will point to Saturday's failure and then the paragraphs that quote "no one knows the day or hour" and feel justified in their continued support of the WTS. Another reason to remain loyal to the "one, true organization". Maybe 10 to 15 percent of attendees came away with that attitude.
2. A minority of people, but an ever increasing minority as time passes, have the opposite reaction. Again 10 to 15 percent of attendees. They feel a discomfort. They squirm in their seats. Something nags at them. They realize toward the end of the study that even though JWs don't point to a particular day or hour as this Harold Camping did, they do keep pushing for followers to remaing alert to world events that signify the end anytime. This attitude is not much different than Camping's group. They finally are able to cognizantly question, "Are we really any different than Camping and his followers?"
3. but the typical response of 80% plus/minus of the group is: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ