In the mid-1940s the Watchtower organization published a position against blood transfusion.[1-2]
Ostensibly this religious position was constructed on a premise that it is biblically wrong to accept transfusion or injection of whole blood or blood fractions.[3-4]
Despite the given reason, there are published reports of ulterior motive for this religious position.
In 2003 Dr.
Edmond Gruss (Professor
Emeritus at The Master's College in ) shared
the following view: Santa
The account above shared by Dr. Gruss is offered as second hand information. But the following statement is published by the Watchtower organization:
To this author it’s more than a bit curious that the Watchtower organization would bother measuring over 12,000 inches of column space dedicated to itself, let alone gawk of publicity due to its blood doctrine. That is, unless publicity gained the result of its blood doctrine was important to them. Gathering this sort of data suggests Gruss’ source is correct saying the religion’s leadership saw this controversial religious position as a means to publicize the religion at a time when its media coverage was lessening.
There is reason to suspect that Watchtower leadership of the mid-1940s concocted its blood ban not for theological conviction but, rather, for purpose of publicity expedient.
3. 1962 Yearbook of Jehovah’s Witnesses, published by Watchtower, Daily Texts and Comments dated Wednesday, June 20.
4. 1962 Yearbook of Jehovah’s Witnesses, published by Watchtower, Daily Texts and Comments dated Wednesday, December 5.
5. The Four Presidents of the
Tower Society, by Edmond C. Gruss, 2003, p. 75.
6. 1961 Yearbook of Jehovah’s Witnesses, published by Watchtower, p. 78.