Interesting Bit of History

by Old Goat 4 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • Old Goat
    Old Goat

    Some of you have read Schulz and de Vienne's Separate Identity, vol 1. A rough draft of a chapter meant for vol 2 is on their blog . Some don't like history at this depth, but I do. Give it a look. They like comments and I'm interested in your reaction. I like the sometimes not so subtle comments on Russell's reasoning. I think they are exactly right.

  • PaintedToeNail

    Very interesting site. I didn't know about the Songs of the Bride song book...weird.

  • jaydee

    Thanks Old Goat

    It is a fascinating blog....So much obscure info

    sing to your heart's content....

  • TerryWalstrom

    The 'theory' of Christianity in the 1880's strikes me as passing strange.

    Accretion: the process of growth or increase, typically by the gradual accumulation of additional layers or matter.

    To put it crudely, it was like eating each other's poop over and over trying to extract the last molecule of nutrition.

    At least, with Sola Scriptura, the Holy Spirit was there to help!

    But, Russell, et al, relied on intellect, imagination, painfully brittle chains of logic ending in blind alleyways.

    What was the saying? 'Let scripture interpret scripture.' A recursively doomed enterprise, to say the least.

    Maria Ackley Russell's THE TWAIN seems to mirror the peculiar notion that the CHRIST is a homogenous amalgam of Jesus+Bride in the person of Maria and C.T. Russell, her husband.

    Isn't this the 'secret doctrine' of the Watchtower? The anointed are part of the Christ?

  • TheWonderofYou

    They awaited backthen the "glorification" of the "church". They thought only this little group was the church and true bride. Until nothing happened of that kind in 1914, all of them overlived 1914, and nobody got raptured. Because Jehovah had not manifested himself as they thought.

    Song 4 of the this first biblestudents songbook "Song No. 4 A little flock" = Russel and followers = church...

    Note: The "J W"-"theocratic organisation" did not exist before Rutherford invented it, but the name "J W" he learned from the Pentecostal Preacher Joshua Sykes who influenced the Watchtower teachings according to TerryWalstroms thread Two men who changed Watchtower history.

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