Casuistry and Probabilism are words every JW should know

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  • Terry


    is reasoning used to resolve moral problems by applying theoretical rules to particular instances, and by extracting or extending theoretical

    rules from (novel) particular instances. The term is also commonly used as a pejorative to criticize the use of clever but unsound reasoning (alleging

    implicitly the inconsistent— or outright specious— misapplication of rule to instance), especially in relation to moral questions.

    probabilismprovides a way of answering the question about what to do when one does not know what to do. Probabilism proposes that one can

    follow a probable opinion regarding whether an act may be performed morally, even though the opposite opinion is more probable

    Anybody want to come up with some examples?

  • Fernando

    Raymond Franz' troubles began with his objection to this type of thing. He even had the temerity to hide an article on "legalism" in the Awake in 1979 (assumed, given the apparent parallels with his book "In Search of Christian Freedom").

    It is noteworthy that the word "legalism" (self-righteousness attained by following the "right" rules) appears only once in the entire 2010 Watchtower library (besides a second index reference), but 1,780,000 times on the internet according to Google.

    "Moralism" (self-righteousness attained by following the "right" morals) does not appear even once in the 2010 Watchtower library, but 884,000 times on the internet according to Google.

    Only 4 short references to "ethnocentrism" (self-righteousness attained by following the "right" doctrines) appear in the 2010 Watchtower library, but is referred to 950,000 times on the internet according to Google.

    Some of the 39 references to "Gnosticism" (self-righteousness attained by following the "right" knowledge) in the 2010 Watchtower library, clearly do apply to the Watchtower Sanhedrin (Governing Body) and Watchtower Pharisees (ruling religious hierarchy), although the Watchtower carefully avoids making such application. "Gnosticism" is referred to 1,880,000 times on the internet according to Google.

    There are a number of instances of words such as legalistic, moralistic, ethnocentric, and Gnostic in the Watchtower library.

    These are all blatant apostasy (spiritual unfaithfulness or prostitution) according to Paul's often repeated take on IMPUTED righteousness (aka Justification - being declared or counted as righteous on the basis of receiving the free gift of faith, and not on the basis of any supposed merit).

    Watchtower religionists make a practice of ignoring the inconvenient reminder in Proverbs 17:15: "Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent--the LORD detests them both".

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