Amazing, I'm suprised you would say the word apostate is unique to the borg. There are many references in Jewish scholarly text that refer to messianic jews, and Jewish Women of The Wall..(big time femminist refrom movement). And the mormons....
According to former LDS Apostle LeGrand Richards, a millennium and a half of the "complete apostasy" of Christianity necessitated a name change. Richards said that "the designation `Latter-day Saints' was given to differentiate between the members of the church of Jesus Christ in this dispensation and those of the church established by Jesus in the meridian of time" (A Marvelous Work and a Wonder, pg. 130).
It would seem they got their name because of "apostacy"...As well, the catholics have a long history of dealing with apostates. Now they usually ignore them or label them as reformers. Massimo Introvigne is a Catholic apsotate for sure. See link below.
muslimsn have specific laws that deal directly with those accused of apostacy..Fairly long paper on the subject here:
From Webster's Dictionary:
One entry found for apostate.
Main Entry: apos·tate
Pronunciation: &-'päs-"tAt, -t&t
Date: 14th century
: one who commits apostasy
- apostate adjective
Main Entry: apos·ta·sy
Inflected Form(s): plural -sies
Etymology: Middle English apostasie, from Late Latin apostasia, from Greek, literally, revolt, from aphistasthai to revolt, from apo- + histasthai to stand -- more at STAND
Date: 14th century
1 : renunciation of a religious faith
2 : abandonment of a previous loyalty : DEFECTION
One thing is, JWs don't think all XJWs are apostates. Amazing would be a good example of an apostate, because his views began to diverge from the collective mindset of the org. His truth is not the same truth our loving brothers and sisters still in. Its really the noticeable difference in belief, the unwillingness to bend to the will of the elders on spiritual matters, and being outspoken in regards your belief, that makes one a good apostate. Now though, I think some of us have become apsotate because we display some of the same characteristics in that we try our best to dismantle and expose the WT, each in our own way. An the forum is a good way for us to do so, without having to be visited by guys w/bookbags and polyester suits.Never waver in your effort to spread the good news of the