Russels Cross and Crown badge

by hamsterbait 4 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • hamsterbait

    I found out that the "cross and crown" badge is a trade mark of the Church of Christ Scientist, founded in 1866 by Mary Baker Eddy.

    To use the badge requires permission from the holder of the trademark.

    Did Russel buy the right from them to use it?

    Did Russel sell the right to use it?

    In any case it is the same symbol used by the Babble Students.

    What connection is there between all these mid 19th century sects? Maybe their founders all knew each other.

    In ant case I find it uncanny that the contemporary bible students litterature is presentd almost identically to the WTBCS. Even down to choice of cover art.

    Maybe Malcolm R's descendants are secretly raking it in - Ole Booze knew enough about the law to cover his own and the WT tracks


  • ninja
  • Leolaia

    It was used all over the place by different groups. Christian Scientists, Catholics, Lutherans, etc. It was used in the Middle Ages as a symbol of the crucifixion (cross + crown of thorns, which symbolized the Resurrection + Victory over death), and was used a lot in heraldry. No group had ownership of it. The earliest instance of it that I can see goes back to the fifth century AD in the triumphal arch of Maria Maggiore in which a cross and crown represents the exalted Christ. Its use in the Knights Templar is only one small part of its overall use and history.

  • JCanon

    And the point is: WHY was Russell using it? Oh yeah, I guess he was a Christian scientist under all that Bible Student propaganda after all.

    Hmmm, I wonder if the seeing-eye pyramid he is allegedly buried under in some Satanic rite can give us a clue what he thought the cross and crown meant?

    STAY FOCUSSED. A million people used the cross and crown, but what was Russell's connection? That's the only important question here.


  • Homerovah the Almighty
    Homerovah the Almighty

    I think he borrowed it from his masonic brethren , in his role as an opportunist and head of his own magazine company ( Tower Publishing )

    it appears that he grabbing ideological doctrines from many places, even pyramitolagy. If he thought any ideas were marketable he certainly would try to sell it, as he did.

    He was listed as a Knights Templar member of a masonic lodge where he lived.

Share this