How does the WTS mine quotes for their "scholarly inspired" articles ?

by mP 17 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • mP

    Ive seen a few threads discussing misquotations, including the quote about Roman times taken from a book of fiction. Apologies but i cant recall the author or the book mentioned but im sure others will know what im talking about .

    So how many books do they read to find these quotes ? They must b e buying a lot of apostate books just to find a worthy quote. THis is quite difficult given one doesnt exactly know that a suitable quote exists within a book unless one buy and reads it.

    Have i missed something or is there an easier way to quote mine ?

  • Amelia Ashton
    Amelia Ashton

    Barbara Anderson amongst others would know.

    I am sure there is a thread about it here somewhere.

  • mP

    Heres the link to the recent post i was alluding to in my original post.

  • Phizzy

    This came to my mind when I was in, years ago, it was evident to me that someone, or some people, in bethel were reading books etc that they would condemn R&F JW's for reading.

    I used to ask myself, "if those books are so likely to make us lose our faith, how come the Bethel guys can read them and not lose theirs ?"

    In recent times I have come to the certain belief that the majority in the Writing Department do not believe at all, especially those with final editorial control.

    You cannot be a believer in the WT and write mind-controlling phrases, half-truths, and mis-quotes etc etc , they are there for the easy life-style and prestige, not out of belief in any of it.

  • bats in the belfry
    bats in the belfry

    Their reasoning on "quote mining" is a joke on the rest of mankind.

    "The WTBTS does not like blogs or poorly documented Web entries written by unidentified or unqualified persons. For example, Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia, warns that some articles on its own site “contain significant misinformation, unencyclopedic content, or vandalism,” adding that “users need to be aware of this.”

    Thus, the Writing Department looks to standard reference works, articles written by recognized experts, and books produced by respected publishers."

    And this:

    2011 Yearbook, pages 9,10

  • stillin


  • Amelia Ashton
    Amelia Ashton

    Didn't they justify being an NGO with the UN so they could access their library.

  • blondie

    Has it been established that the book quoted in last Sunday's study article was fiction. All the websites I have found say it is non-fiction except for one nameless reviewer from 1999 on a Amazon page. If there is more information, where was it posted.

  • blondie

    The WTS tends to cut and paste quotes from older WT publications supposedly already established. The researchers at Bethel I knew said not everyone would read the direct non-jw source for fear of mental contamination. Only spiritually strong could do it. Also there were researchers that read magazines, books, etc., for quotes that might be useful later and then filed away for a future date. They tend to select what supports their view and ignore what doesn't.

  • slimboyfat

    How do they find their material? As Karl Klein put it, they "suck on the tits of Babylon the Great".

Share this