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File0001File0002File0003File0004File0005File0006File0007File0008File0009File0010File0011File0012GSEM 534Lecture OutlineIntroductionRevised:May 9,1995Ellen G. 'Sf/hite, Science, and Faith:l. In the ar€na of science vis-a-vis EG'W staterents on science, there a:retwo ironies:a. EGlll,s statenents on diet, nut-rlfion, exercise, preventive health*"r"Jil';;: (tuttitrt,'uy aerinition come within the orbit ofsci"ntiii. iri"ity j tt"',lg' re-ce ived. r:nprecedented independentscientiii; ;;iii'"ation and corrobor-ation as to their accuracy;y"t it -iirtut-"rc"i of statelrents dealins-yitl.,-::i:l:i,f* natters 'there i;;;;";;iii widespread criticism-and skepticism of manyof:.her^ii;;;::;$eciarfy concerning about a dozen and a halfParticular ideas- eryressed'b. Mrs. trlhite was so bafanced in her positions and views tlpon 'ttealthoforr]i *6ifu-r*y r^,fro-foffow hbr jrr this category aie dennnstrablyso trrbalanced!2. This subject is wrique arnong sDAs for at least three reasons:a. Polls or-sna,-.r'urgy in-recent years show the highest interest ofdenorninational ibrkers in this topic:(1) Ministlt, Jme, 1987, -P'.2?'itj iffi;"li-ii'porr 6r *nirters irr the southeastern californiaOonference, Febnrary' 1988'b. 01 how to atterpt to "ryi"'it, some difficult 'lroblen' statell.nts ofEGW there is not *"tti,nity anong past and piesent Tnrstees andStaff of the IFFte Estate:(1) In vaiio"r reetingi- major differences of opinions have been;ry;;;;a "iitri""tr," 6rganization in a st'rong (though Ctrristian)Inanner.(2) There is no '!lrty;11ne''.1g.which Tnrstees and Staff are expectedd;-;dh;;; "ia "ii"il diiferences are vigorously eryress.ed,..c. The 'lroblem" stateren-t's in [email protected], along F!h^i::T:,tot-utted withtiterifr"ilor;;ffi;'6i"gi"iit*), ire th6 two categories in whichthose SDAs v*ro fose con?id"tt."' jn EGWI s prophetic gift find theirreasons.3. l^le do well to rerBmber at this point't-hat.EGW was not a trained scientist'although she treated^tpon natters of science repeatedly in her writingsorrer a long Period of Years'a. As i" tfi""J;ii-clrr"'r"i not a seminary-trained theologian, and con-,"qrgr*it-E'ia'not try"i-ir,[email protected] the precision andspecrficity of a ptofeisionaffi-trained theologian), so in science'Part I: The "Problem" StatementsEllzfl Wltie Sciene, atd Fairt/Part On*Page 2I. Models for Categorizing the Scientific StatementsA. Mervyn G. Hardinge, M.D., Ph.D., Dr. P.H.: General Scientific Statements1. Statenents contradicted by contenporary science in her day (but which,today, nr,ay be confirned by scientific inquiry).2. Staterents in harmony with -conternporary thinking in her day, which sheconfirmed, ed whilh have proven tr:ue and sotnd in the years since.3. Statements of ideas not widely discussed in her day, r,rtrich cane more orless as 'hew light."4. Statenrents in harmony with the conterporary thinking of her day, butwhich science, today, generally repudiates:a. This problem-area is not a large one.b. But, unfortr:nately, for sore it is the rnfiole--and only--isstre.B. Patricia Mutch, Ph.D., R.D.: Statements Dealing \[ith Nutrition/Dietetics1.2.3.4.5.Statements on which todaY there isStatements on which todaY there isStatenents on which today there issimply no scientific iaforrnationStatelnents on which today there isdiction by scienceStatements on which todaY there isgeneral consensus ofscattered or partialno evidence--one wayat alfscattered or partialagreement bY scienceagreement bY scienceor the other--conflict or contra-a consensus of contradiction by scienII. Ellen Vhite "Problem" Statements Difficult To Explain TodayA. From Tbe Heabb ReformoJournal [September Through December, l87l)t - Sept. 1871, p. 90: A wet-nurse, substitutilg for the mother, [email protected] to nursiag child. -A1so _inpa.rts hermoral or inrnoral character. Sane coarse quality of blood irr nursilgwornan is transrnitted to child.2. oct. 1871, p. L2l: Artificial hair q pads (r^d.gs) coverirtg base offfiite spinal nenres. Blood nrshes to braia' calsesupatural activity, tlnds to recklessness irt morals, heart/rnindi;1 danger of bein'g-cornrpted. l'loral/iate1lectual powers becomeseryants of anirnal nanrr-e. .Almost inpossible to arouse noral- seirsi-bilities. Victjrn loses power to discern sacred things. Ttris con-gestion causes natural trair to fa1l out, producing baldness. Ilanyf,ave lost their reason, becone hopelessly j:nsane by followittg ti*tdeforrni;1g fashion. Th6y suffer horrible dise_ase, prenature death,because of their desire to be jrr fashion of the day'3. Oct. 1871, p. l23z [Discussion of "The Fatal Effects of Paintilg"--cosnfiog6?ffiprobleml Seeds of death/paralysis are hidden inevery potl jar oi these- supposedly innocent mjxtures. Some r^'hotrse irave sudden severe illness, others go through life pennanentlyEIIn, Vrt;4 Sc;eue, atd Fairt/Patt On*Page 3disfinrred wirh bad corplexion. Others will -physic-ally drop.sud-denlyi with their f-eaaries tw'isted on oqte_ side, P"th"_q:_1:!:ty::of Ge of' tleir linbs. Others die outriSht, no one guessing vrhy'Individr:a1 effect on any given Plr^scn diffictrlt to deterrniae in"av-1il-Or;-*t UJ tiitEa orrtiight, -another- paralyzed' eql---s"f"iyi have nothiag to do witi any of these baleful PreParatlons'4. Nov. 1871, P. 15!-lEished in RH, Oct. 311871. LLZinst wasP-warst-Png corsetsiffiemy=essed wonenchildren. Itrasp-waiststhern by their rnothers,practice of tight_-lacingana in'io"i"qffi-oi irp"tiect brea$itg. _-Poor-children of theseniserauie ,ii\ru, of fashion have diminished vitality, and are pre-disposed to take on disease'5. Nov. 1871, p._-152 [Effect of snall waist on lungs]- one woman says"' "-na;-;aiit'iS-li r"i"rry slender. she rneans she inherited small lwtgs-Her ancestors rrrcre or ]'esS colryressed t]reir h'rrgs 1n the sane wayt.",rsi"i-cJngenital deforrniq. n*: l"tq to-one of worst asPectsof whole natter: transnitted results of. iadulgence of this deadlyvice.'Dec.1871.p.186[Aboutnovableturrror]An18-year.oldgirlataO.-no,p,."ffi,iF;;".)hadvariab1itunoronrightsideofthroat,never i"ri"r-;fi ri-d-ii.ri. Reached frorn collar bone to thyroidcarril;;"]--ut"" pt"tiJa downward,-it tota111' disappeared; but assoon as pressure *"t i"*ued, r.as indolent, soft, elastic' htasrargesi ;h;;"4;ri-itir,iiy-iiced with corsets. one could hear soundof t"rpii"iiotr by placing ear on tumor, whidt ProYes- a protnrsionof fr-rrii';;a;"ke"'pf".Cl her lwrgs being $que-ezed i-nto neck.B. Other Statements1. Large


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