Today I received Greg Stafford's new book Three Dissertations on the Teachings of Jehovah's Witnesses. For those who don't know, Stafford has been a staunch defender of the Watchtower Society's teachings for at least six years, on the Net and in print. His previous book, Jehovah's Witnesses Defended (1998, 2000), is a milestone in pro-JW literature.
The new book is a radical departure from Stafford's previous book in that he strongly questions the Society's doctrines about blood transfusions, the basis for the claim of spiritual authority by JW leaders, the necessity for Christians to believe the Society's 1914 doctrine, and issues of "legalism" including the propriety of requiring "time" in the field ministry to be reported, and even the supposed scriptural basis for the Society's ban on celebrating birthdays and Christmas. The book has sections supporting the Society's views on the Trinity and the divine name.
Overall, I think that Stafford has written a reasonably objective book. I certainly disagree with some of his conclusions, but I agree with many of them. He tries and almost always succeeds to be scrupulously fair, even when being fair requires criticism of the Society's practices and teachings.
I'll be astounded if Stafford isn't disfellowshipped within a month.