Posted: Nov 09, 2019 7:57 pm
by AlanF
laklak wrote:I don't engage with them, because it's all fucking nonsense on the face of it. To even address it in rational terms is a waste of time. ...


I understand all that, since I've been battling some of these people since 1992. I might be deluding myself somewhat, but I've received enough feedback to know that my efforts have convinced several hundred Jehovah's Witnesses to give up on their cult. At a minimum, that's satisfying.

As mentioned, my present project is writing a long essay, in the form of a letter to the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses, taking the Watchtower Society to task for publishing decades of misrepresentations and lies about evolution, the trustworthiness of the Bible, etc. Of course, men such as those are incorrigible and firmly set in believing their own bullshit, so this essay is really for the thousands of ex-JWs who are on the fence about what to do after leaving their cult. I've seen that an inordinate number retain the creationist mindset, and become fanatical Evangelicals or the like. I think that at least some of these people can be educated enough by solid science, as well as pointed philosophical arguments, to at least examine what clear thinkers like Dawkins, Harris and others have to say. It pains me to see ex-JW relatives, for example, spend their last couple of decades expecting to meet loved ones "in the resurrection". Far better, I think, to view life realistically.