This was posted about two years ago. We have a lot of newbies who deserve to know what the Society actually printed.
Yes Really. After meticulous research here are the documented scientific pronouncements from the WTBT$.
note: The Golden Age became the Awake Magazine.
The reference TWTP is The Way To Paradise a 1924 book by W. E. Van Amburgh, who was the Secretary/Treasurer of The Watchtower Bible & Tract Society for 43 years. It is worth noting that in his time W. E. Van Amburgh was one of only five members of the Watch Tower Editorial Committee Qualified , as the Watch Tower said, "to approve as Truth each and every article appearing in these columns."
The following is what they taught and apparently believed.
“Air baths are good for preventing colds. What you do is strip naked mornings and evenings and then bob up and down for a while.” Golden-Age Feb 1926 pg 310
“Color and Physiognomy.....a man whose nose upturns can no more be expected to administer justice than a pug dog can be expected to act as a shepherd.”
Golden Age Jan 19 1921 pg. 224 (Later the Awake Magazine)
“Vaccination never prevented anything and never will and is the most barbarous practice......We are in the last days; and the devil is slowly losing his hold.........Use your rights as American citizens to forever abolish the devilish practice of vaccination (which) has never prevented smallpox any more then serum injection has prevented typhoid.........” Golden-Age Oct 12 1921.
- “It has never been proven that a single disease is due to germs.” Golden-Age Jan 16 1924
(This was a dozen years after medicine had proven bacteria and viruses caused most diseases)
(Speaking about the resurrection after 1925) the writer suggests the following in TWTP pg 228 on how to recruit decorators to redecorate the homes that would now be available.)
“You will have secured the services of the best decorators you can find. Some of them used to be undertakers; but since there are no more people dying, they have to seek some new occupation. Their experience as undertakers prepared them to become decorators with very little difficulty.”
(After maintaining that there would be ‘no slip ups’ about the importance of 1925 the Society backtracks telling those who were greatly disappointed that....... “Some anticipated that the work would end in 1925..................The difficulty was that the friends inflated their imagination beyond reason......”WT Aug 1 1926 pg 232
“Pastor Russell....discussed the mysteries of.......mental telepathy, mind reading and women’s intuition.” Golden-Age Feb 15 1925 pg 332-3\
The Flood may have been caused by all of the other planets being on one side of the earth simultaneously. God may have inserted the “youngest” planet Neptune on the other side to act as a gravitational corrective to make sure it cannot happen again!’ Golden-Age Jun 16 1926 pg 583
“Human footprints seven feet long found in California.” Golden-Age Jane 13 1926
“Disease (is caused by) fermentation and heat.........not germs. GA Aug 25 1926
“....current agitation over birth control (is evidence that) the ‘New Age’ is at hand.” GA Apr 7 1926
The Watchtower December 15, 1966, p.742
One under Demon Attack should calmly.....investigate his house and household articles. In some few cases the house may be the cause of trouble and the best thing to do is move out.