The Erect Vessel wrote:The rot started with JND - a man who today would probably be diagnosed as Asperger's and the fruit of this dynasty is the current perverted pontificating paranoid paedophile-allowing prat.
Sorry if I didn't make my feelings quite clear how I felt
I recently reread JNDs Collected Writings as they are available on the web - I couldn't get to the tip in 1982 quickly enough to toss my stuff out and the 3 additional sets of the JND->JT stuff my father had bought for my sons. Someone suggested that I sell them - having been brought up by the EBs to not deal in what you wouldn't use yourself ... [another thing they have revised and reversed!]
Trying to read his stuff with an open mind is a challenge but you do get some insight into the fellow. He was a brilliant man for sure, but I think quite confused at times and has some weird notions, like not saying the Lord's prayer. I think a lot of what he said was meant to be weighed up, and for example, he never meant his version of the bible to be other than a researchers tool. He was also very friendly with Darwin's wife so what did he think of Darwin's findings?
He came up with his religious code and when he did, it was virtually fixed. Disagree with him and you were out either of the inner circle or the fellowship. There was no collaboration at any stage, no consideration of the others' views - it was his way or the highway. His word was law, and the only law. His interpretation was the only interpretation. He had tickets on his ability to analyse, consider and determine what something was, and that was it. Any different to today? Today it is possibly more blatant. When you read again what JT said about the 'current voice' it is really scary, yet none apparently opposed it - possibly it did not really sick in? FER also had his notions whihc are regarded by many as straight out heresy, so today is nothing new, again.