Clearly, undeniably, without doubt ... is there a term for introducing a thought in such a way.

by jwfacts 39 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • littlerockguy

    Apparently the above points on this thread is indisputable.

  • jwleaks

    I've always viewed such arguments presented by Watchtower as an appeal to consequences with both the appeal and the consequences controlled by Watchtower through historical revisionism, i.e. rewriting what the Bible writers actually meant by the use of 'freedom of religious belief' so as to create both the appeal and the consequence, thereby creating the appeal to consequences.

    Or simply put, Watchtower and the governing body legally lie when it suits them to support their teachings. The legal lie is protected by freedom of religion.

  • Wake Me Up Before You Jo-Ho
    Wake Me Up Before You Jo-Ho

    Words like "clearly", "evidently" and phrases like "without a doubt" would be intercepted and branded as LEADING in a court of law. In print, I'd refer to these terms as propagandistic words.

  • punkofnice

    I thought they were called 'weasel words'.

    I think there is something about them here....

  • dropoffyourkeylee

    Truly, the evidence presented here represents an avalanche of testimony before which no scepticism nor quibbling can stand.

  • shepherdless
    Is there an official term for this type of fallacious reasoning?

    It seems to me it could arguably fall into any one of the following fallacies. They overlap:

    Non sequitor

    Ipse dixit

    proof by assertion

  • Fred Franztone
    Fred Franztone
    I thought they were called 'weasel words'.

    They are weasel words. However, weasel words can be the opposite as well. Words like probably and somewhat. They tend to be unnecessary adverbs

    I'd call the use of evidently and clearly both weasel wording and poor writing

  • Xanthippe

    Yes I would have gone for weasel words too but wiki says that weasel words are a type of tergiversate word. It's a new one on me.


    tergiversate (third-person singular simple present tergiversates, present participle tergiversating, simple past and past participletergiversated)

    1. (intransitive) To evade, to equivocate using subterfuge; to obfuscate in a deliberate manner.
      • 1999, Philip McCutchan and Werner Levi, The Hoof, ↑ISBN, page 18:
        The officials soon concluded that the easiest way to remain on good terms with the court was to elude responsibility, to tergiversate, to prevent results.
  • scratchme1010
    Is there an official term for this type of fallacious reasoning?

    Yes, idiocy.

  • Wake Me Up Before You Jo-Ho
    Wake Me Up Before You Jo-Ho

    @punkofnice and @Fred Franzstone


    Pot, meet kettle. Sourced from the March 8, 1974 Awake! magazine, page 10.

    Weasel words can include "clearly", "obviously", "apparently" and "evidently". So @punkofnice, you're definitely onto something. You obviously paid attention in the Theocratic Ministry School.

Share this