Hello! Thank you for taking a little bit of time check out this website. This website looks at the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society which is the organization that oversees the Jehovah’s Witnesses from the academic realm. This is different from other websites that look critically at the organization. Other websites have been created that are supportive of the teachings of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. Critical websites typically focus on doctrinal, organizational procedures, and practices within the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. However website’s main purpose is to not take a pro or anti-stance against the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society.
This website primarily attempts to do something different. This website deals specifically with the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society’s Writing Department as they write material and the “Faithful and Discreet Slave” which approves this written material. This website will deal specifically with the material that the Watchtower has quoted from. The resources are both religious and secular in nature.
Additionally, I have been reading “old light” put out by the society. I will be working on writing information for Watchtower History. I will attempt to compare old light to new light for various topics. Much of the information can be downloaded at the Internet Archive.
My involvement started in 2011. Witness came knocking at my door and try to convert me. One of the resources I noticed that was utilized was the book, Reasoning from the Scriptures (available as of August 1, 2014 on the Watchtower’s official website). As I examined it, I noticed a pattern for the places that were quoted from. These resources have ellipses (three periods in quick succession).
One of the things I furthered did was to look for this original material. I wanted to personally see what information was left out. Some of this information as I noticed it would go against what the organization taught. What I personally found was material being selectively citied to support the Watchtower’s position.
After looking through various quotes out of the book Reasoning from the Scriptures, this led to an investigation of the brochure entitled Should You Believe In The Trinity?
This brochure no longer printed or distributed for public use. As an individual who was written papers before both in high school and in college, I noticed that there were many citations that were not properly referenced. After researching further as to what the original author believed, I noticed that there information was selectively cited as well to support the Watchtower position. This was a direct contrast to what the original author did believe. Those are some things that I had noticed.
I am not here to declare that the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society Writing Department is right or wrong I am merely stating my observations. The big overarching question to ask as you research and review the information contained within the website deals with academic honesty-Is the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society writing department academically honest? This can only be answered as you personally look through the website and see the surrounding context of the information given.