Data Dog, I didn't mean my post title to infer that the 1975 prophecy was less wrong, or right in any way. I meant that 1975 is one of the weaker arguments when speaking with a JW. Especially if they did not go through the event.
I was approaching it in a JW mind set. If I was still a JW and someone came up to me regarding 1975, I would tell them that the WT never specifically stated that 1975 would without a doubt see Armageddon. Most likely they would not have the time to go through the quotes to sufficiently show me that it was inferred strongly enough so that there was to be no doubt about the prophecy. They would most likely only be able to show me isolated quotes that show that the end coming in 1975 was POSSIBLE or even PROBABLE. But not definite. This is unlike the 1914,1915,1918,1919,1925 dates which WERE spoken of as being definite dates.
That's what I meant in saying that it's a weak argument. It's weak in comparison to the more compelling arguments.
However, I revised my position because if the person speaking to JWs had actually experienced the time period first hand, their discussion about what was said at meetings, conventions, personal conversations, etc would be much stronger. For example, if dozy (as seen in her post above) was to relate her experience about living through 1975 and how her family was adversely effected, and THEN was to show the article praising JWs for selling their homes to pioneer til the end, that would be a far more compelling argument.
My point is that it was never specifically written that "1975 will see the end of this system". THAT is what a JW would need to see to be able to acknowledge that this was a bonefide false prophecy.
They DID say this about 1914. But the problem with that is that the articles are so old, who will have the quotes available to physically show the JW when speaking with them? And with this "new light" they can say that Russell was not even part of the FDS at that time. So even IF it was a false prophecy, it was not one made by the FDS. Very frustrating...