Wacky White Wednesday #1: The Amalgamation of Man And Beast

Welcome to a new blog feature, wherein once a week (or every other week if I am particularly lazy) I post a crazy quote from Ellen G White.

Today’s edition will be about the amalgamation of man and beast.

Spiritual Gifts Volume 3, p.64

But if there was one sin above another which called for the destruction of the race by the flood, it was the base crime of amalgamation of man and beast which defaced the image of God, and caused confusion everywhere.

In context, Ellen White was talking about the flood. Why did God choose to send the flood? How exactly were the people wicked? We’ll get to more of this later, but here I wanted to focus on the above quote.

So, Adventists believe that before the Noatian flood, the antedeluviants (sp) were extremely and incredibly smart. They had all kinds of knowledge that we are only just beginning to grasp today. In fact, Antedeluviants were so smart, they knew all about genetic engineering, and so they were able to combine species.

As this knowledge wouldn’t have been around in 1864, I have no idea exactly how Ellen thought humans created these amalgamated species.

Now, I’ve read that the White Estate is saying that perhaps Ellen didn’t actually mean the antedeluvians combined animals and humans. Ellen possibly meant that the antedeluvians were combining different animals with different animals, and different humans with different humans, but not animals and humans.

I could squint and nod and say, “that makes some kind of sense,” but then a few pages later, we have this quote.

Spiritual Gifts vol 3. P. 75 (1864)

“Every species of animal which God had created, were preserved in the ark. The confused species which God did not create, which were the result of amalgamation, were destroyed by the flood. Since the flood there has been amalgamation of man and beast, as may be seen in the endless varieties of species of animals and certain races of men.”

I’m not sure why Ellen thinks there’s been amalgamation since the flood, since all the scientists and their equipment would have been destroyed….oh never mind.

Fun fact: some Adventists believe that dinosaurs weren’t on the ark because they were amalgamated. I don’t think that particular view is mainstream, mind you. Certainly it was not one I had heard growing up in Adventist school. I didn’t stumble onto this theory till I was a teenager in Academy, and my biology teacher was quick to dismiss it.

In any case, there you have it. The endless variety of species we have today? People created them somehow. How did we get various “races of men?” According to Mrs. White, it was by the amalgamation of man and beast.

I was going to end the post here, but then I remembered a conversation from a previous campmeeting. The relevent part of this conversation was that even Ellen White herself realized how batshit crazy she sounded.

Ellen White herself had these paragraphs taken out of later editions of her book. Her son, WC White, explains why.

Selected Messages Book 3 p. 452

January 8, 1928

Regarding the two paragraphs which are to be found in Spiritual Gifts and also in the Spirit of Prophecy regarding amalgamation and the reason why they were left out of the later books, and the question as to who took the responsibility of leaving them out, I can speak with perfect clearness and assurance. They were left out by Ellen G. White. No one connected with her work had any authority over such a question, and I never heard of anyone offering to her counsel regarding this matter.

This letter was written a good decade after Ellen White’s death. I would venture to guess that even if no one ever told Ellen White directly that she should take that part out, Ellen had to be aware that this particular passage wasn’t being received favorably.

WC White continues:

In all questions of this kind, you may set it down as a certainty that Sister White was responsible for leaving out or adding to matters of this sort in the later editions of our books.

There were more questions? About which passages? Note also that at the time of this writing, Ellen has been dead for a long time, and we have only her son’s word on the matter.

Now, I don’t want to say that WC White lied. I don’t have evidence one way or another, so I won’t get into it. But I do think it’s safe to say he might not have had the full picture.

Willie White also says this:

Sister White not only had good judgment based upon a clear and comprehensive understanding of conditions and of the natural consequences of publishing what she wrote, but she had many times direct instruction from the angel of the Lord regarding what should be omitted and what should be added in new editions….

Translation: My mother realized that even she knew how batshit crazy she sounded, and was “led by the Lord” to go back and edit those parts out.

As to what else the Lord led her to edit out? We’ll get to that, all in due time.

This has been Wacky White Wednesday. Tune in next time to see Madame Snowman post a Crazy Ellen White Quote.

 

 

 

 

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