Science

laboratory-glassware-1266636-mWhile the Watchtower’s blood policy is a religious based belief, they have expended great effort in using scientific claims to bolster compliance with their teachings on vaccines, organ transplants, blood and blood fractions. It is only reasonable to be concerned about whether or not they have presented the science in a balance and accurate manner. This section of the website will explore the veracity of their claims in great detail.

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Blood Serum – Watchtower Quotes

Blood serum is the clear fluid that remains after the cellular components (red cells, white cells, platelets, clotting factors and fibrinogen are removed. It includes all proteins not used in the clotting process. What follows is a collection of quotes from Watchtower Society literature. This information will help researchers understand the historical development of the Watchtower Society’s policy on blood serums and document the many changes in policy through the years. …

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Albumin – Watchtower Quotes

What follows is a collection of quotes from Watchtower Society literature on the subject of albumin. Watchtower writers and representatives are fond of saying that they have “commented consistently” on albumin and other blood fractions. Their published statements clearly prove otherwise as you will see below. This information will help researchers understand the development of the blood doctrine, and document the many changes in policy through the years. Quotes are presented in chronological order. Our editorial …

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Science and Medicine – Watchtower Quotes

What follows is a collection of quotes from Watchtower Society literature.This information will help researchers understand the mindset that existed within the Watchtower Society regarding science and medicine at the time the blood doctrine was beginning to crystallize, and in the intervening years. Editorial comments are in red. Thomas Edison, the inventor and electrician, of phonograph and telephone fame, has been experimenting with the new light “X-Rays.” and has succeeded in taking a photograph through …

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Straight from the Doctor

Dr. John Doyle, M.D answers questions Jehovah’s Witnesses want to ask. QUESTION: These blood components allowed by the WTS, aren’t really blood, are they? ANSWER: They are derived from fractionating blood, and so are blood products by definition. QUESTION: Aren’t there always alternatives to blood? ANSWER: Very often there is. A patient with a high blood count (hemoglobin concentration) can sometimes tolerate large blood losses as long as the remaining blood is diluted with appropriate saline or other “balanced …

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Outrageous Omission – Blood

The following article is republished from the Blog of Marvin Shilmer and demonstrates that the Watchtower Society (WTS) is continuing to quietly back down from their once firm position on the use of blood. Sadly, individual Jehovah’s Witnesses are usually the last to know about important changes to the policy despite the WTS global publishing assets.  Watchtower asks Jehovah’s Witnesses to treat what it says as the voice of God.[1]Watchtower asks Jehovah’s Witnesses to look to it for …

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Blood Transfusion: Letter of Understanding

The following article is republished from the Blog of Marvin Shilmer and demonstrates that the Watchtower Society (WTS) is continuing to quietly back down from their once firm position on the use of blood for Jehovah’s Witness minors – particularly with respects to very young children who would have no hope of being granted “mature minor” status by the courts. I’m much pleased to make available a beautiful piece of work that’s been around since at least …

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Watchtower Position Crumbles

For those who have spent some time studying the Watchtower Society’s (WTS) position on the use of blood, one of the most troubling aspects is their allowance of all the various components of plasma. Thus Witnesses may elect to accept the various Immunoglobulins, blood serums, blood clotting factors, albumin and so forth. They may not, however take all of them at the same time. How does the WTS justify such a position? Especially since they …

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Watchtower Approves HemoPure

Watchtower Approves HemoPure (Bovine Hemoglobin) for Jehovah’s Witnesses Jehovah’s Witnesses have long been known for their rejection of blood and blood-component transfusion, even when it is necessary to save life. In a remarkable change in policy, the Witnesses’ governing body announced in the June 15, 2000 issue of its official church publication The Watchtower, that members may now accept “fractions of any of the primary components” of blood.  (Italics added) Previously, Witnesses who accepted a …

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