Can a Religion Be Too Stupid to Live?
People have believed in some pretty dumb stuff in the name of religion. Examples:
This cracker will turn into a piece of Jesus when you eat it ( Catholics)
Your hair top notch is so God has something to grab when he wisks you away ( Hari Krishnas)
God gave me these golden plates - oops, we lost 'em ( Mormons)
A 700 foot tall vision of Christ told me to build a hospital ( Oral Roberts - is there a Anal Roberts?)
I think the critical issue is that they're not all dumb. Mormons and Catholics have good universities and scholars.
There is no effort made to keep them all dumb - that would be counter-productive.
By contrast, I see no evidence that the Watchtower Hierarchy can produce even one scholar of note. Bethel long
covered up their problems with the poor education of their workers - and inability to exploit new technology.
I doubt that the average Witness could even comprehend a Watchtower of a century ago. No more Written Reviews,
no more Evolution books, no more depth on any subject.
It's difficult to find a bottom here but I do wonder if they eventually become incoherent - being unable to explain
- much less defend- any of their peculiar doctrines. In addition, they would have to simplify all arrangements and
structures because few can cope with the skills required - will they ever get tired of answering the phone to handle
Brother Elder's problems in Poduck, Alabama? Will Circuit Overseers always volunteer to waste their time
just to feed their egos? Or could they bail out and get a decent job as a corporate representative? Will they
train more 'home-made' lawyers?
As the world gets more complex, they must get challenged to the breaking point. The loss of a few capable men
could be disastrous for this religion.
I do wonder if they eventually become incoherent - being unable to explain - much less defend- any of their peculiar doctrines
Unfortunately there will always be the weak minded who will obey mindlessly. Twenty or 30 years from now, Jehovah's Witnesses will be structurely different, significantly dumber but still operating, and probably considered more fringe than it is today. At that time, there will be more Witnesses in the Third World than in the First.
Realize that any world in which Scientology exists, and grows, there will always be room for the dumbed down Witnesses.
Scientology is definitely dumb ... but Scientologists can be quite capable.
Generally, Witnesses seem increasingly dumb AND incapable!
Timothy Leary's brother, Really Leary, once formed a religion that taught that when you die your soul goes to a garage in Buffalao NY. Didn't last too long.
Hey, if you wanna believe the universe was created from nothing by accident, then I can believe that God can turn a piece of bread into the body and blood of Christ.
SOOO NA NA DA BOO BOO.
Let's not forget my favorite:
After a JW sister is raped [a vile act of violence] she must have screamed during the attack or at least convince elders she did so, if not she has commited fornication and therefore be grounds for disfellowship.
WT= sick & stupid.
I think the WTS 30 years from today could quite possibly be quite different than it is now. Much "new light" and I think many, many will leave. There will be the simple minded can't think for themselves still in and their kids.
Who knows? I am still hoping and praying for a mass exodus from the WTS.
**Timothy Leary's brother, Really Leary, once formed a religion that taught that when you die your soul goes to a garage in Buffalao NY. Didn't last too long.**
Yerusalyim.......Ya made me giggle on this one!!!!!! Cute!
the Subgenius have been around awhile. www.subgenius.com
the Church of the Golden Microphone has yet to completely die out http://erinb.freeshell.org/sphere/
and it's still possible to buy from AMWAY
religions, even ones created as a joke, tend to have incredible staying power compared to corporations or even governments. the Catholics have been around the better part of 2000 years but that's just peanuts compared to Zoroastrians, Judaeism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Gnosticism. Even the egyptian mystery cults were kept alive through various means to this day. Paganism (as in European non-Christian religions) is back out of the closet as well.
There is a lot of latitude with religions. No one is to bothered about the substance as LONG as it does not harm anyone. You could bin the lot of them for me but they do provide some help to folks.