An excellent article Cofty.
It really spells out how the believing JW's or even political groups make adjustments to their thinking.
The reasons those adjustments are made is not that difficult to understand:
Sorry my highlighter is not working quotes are from the article.
"........ (Their) beliefs
were tethered to a group they belonged to, a group that was deeply
important to their lives and their sense of self. "
in a position of defending your choices no matter what information is
presented......... because if you don’t, it means that you
lose your membership in this group that’s become so important to
There is another driving force at play in the JW belief........... a rather selfish notion that by remaining a loyal JW one will gain rewards like a Paradise Earth that will not be readily available to non believers.
The resistance we encounter when we try to explain TTATT is understood.......... however this comment is also interesting.
“Personally my own theory is that there’s a slide that happens,” McIntyre says. “This is why we need to teach critical thinking, and this is why we need to push back against false beliefs, because there are some people who are still redeemable, who haven’t made that full slide into denialism yet. I think once they’ve hit denial, they’re too far gone and there’s not a lot you can do to save them.”
I also wonder if this slide works in the opposite direction....it does seem to happen for a number of people when they begin to question, read and start to understand that there is a real 'truth' that can be based on critical thinking.