Tuesday, February 23, 2010

I'd like ...

... an explanation for the harassment my co-writer is experiencing, apparently from people who I would in normal circumstances call "brother" or "sister."

If you do not like our book, you may say so in a blog comment. All I ask is that you explain yourself. Give me your reasons for hating our book. In the mean time, leave Rachael alone. She did nothing to hurt you or the religion we share. I had the final say as to what went into our book. If you have an issue with it, direct your comments to me.

Having a ... let's say "well-known" mailing address does not free you to harass, pursue, or otherwise bother anyone. Stop it now! This is the one and only time I'll ask politely.

I've removed the "well-known" address because I do not want to imply that the harassment is in any way "official," planned, intended by people I otherwise respect or approved by them.


JimSpace said...

As one of Jehovah's Witnesses who has read your book, I cannot understand why anyone would hate it. Feeling uncomfortable with some admissions, OK, but hatred? I must be missing something. I thought your book was fantastic and insightful.

James said...

I believe you would be encouraged to know that the entire article about Nelson Barbour on Wikipedia is completely from your book and webpages. Good work! (Here is the web page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelson_H._Barbour)

I see no reason why anyone who is an Associate Bible Student or one of Jehovah's Witnesses should have any reason to find fault with this research. You did a fine job. It is in competition with no organization or system of belief.

B. W. Schulz said...

My family has connections to the Second Adventist movment and the first years of Zion's Watch Tower. You can find their names in The Watch Tower and in The World's Hope.

I have been one of Jehovah's Witnesses since the 1950's. I was a Congregation Servant and later Elder for years, until bad health prevented me from serving. That someone from my own religion would find reason to harass not me, but my writing partner, a relativly young woman, leaves me speechless.

There is nothing in the book that detracts from God's fixed truths. Unfortunately, there are extremeists in every religion, including my own. My grandmother would have said that they don't have the sense God gave a rock.

B. W. Schulz said...

JimSpace, which "admissions" would make one feel uncomfortable?

JimSpace said...

B. W. Schulz said...
JimSpace, which "admissions" would make one feel uncomfortable? (end quote)

I mean certain acknowledgments regarding historical accuracy as seen on page 5 of the preview on Lulu. Personally, I rejoice when historical clarifications* are made known. Friends of truth do that.

* Of course, the clarifications have to be documented and supportable. That’s the principle of belief and truth.

Chris G. said...

Hello Bruce,
I have served as en elder in our local congregation for over a decade and I currently have the privelege of being the caretaker of our local Assembly Halls historical display area.
I too am sad to hear that some have ignorantly spoken negatively of your fine history book that fills a void in the time period of early Watchtower history. The society has left this information unpublished not out of some concern for it's contents but evidently due to the fact that relatively few, in the world scope, are perceived to have a major interest. But for those of us who love this interesting time period, I hope I speak for many here that I greatly and deeply appreciate your time and effort expressed in the fine details of this book. I would recommend it to all who want to dig deeper into the fascinating history of our spiritual heritage. Sometimes the disciples themselves, confused perhaps, said impulsive things to Jesus that were no doubt discouraging, however your book will stand the test of time and forever be a beacon of historical significance. Please continue your fine, objective, research so we all can continue to benefit from an even clearer picture of our relatively recent past. Thanks so much. Chris