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Amalgamation of man and beast
Posted on 07 May 2012 10:51 AM
Our church membership represents many ethnic backgrounds and races. Recently in a Sabbath School class one of our African-American members said that Ellen White had made a statement that the colored race was a result of an amalgamation of man with animals. I did a search of Ellen White's writings and found the following quote on this subject.

"Since the flood, there has been amalgamation of man and beast, as may be seen in the almost endless varieties of species of animals, and in certain races of men." {1SP 78.2}

How are we to understand this statement? With what modern science has discovered regarding biology and genetics, is this "amalgamation" between man and beast possible?

While grammatically, this quote could be construed to mean the amalgamation of man and beast together, it can also mean the amalgamation between humans and the amalgamation between beasts. She says that before the Flood there was amalgamation between the two, as there is today in genetic engineering.

The second sentence of this quote lends itself to this second meaning: that the races of humanity increase because of racial intermingling, and that species and subspecies of animals come from intermingling of related species.

It is also worth noting that Ellen White's statements were not racial slurs in any way. She does not imply that the African-American race is an amalgamation between beast and man. Some people, who were racist or who were sensitive, may have thought that that was what she meant. 

Ellen White never spoke about African-Americans in any negative way whatsoever anywhere. In fact, Her own son Edson was a missionary to African-Americans all his life, and because many people looked down upon that, she often went there to support him.
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Comments (2)
Chris Nel Bethlehem
07 June 2012 07:34 AM
What you have answered here is a perfect deception of the truth about E.G.White and the Bible. Only Whites are direct descendants of the genus ADAM, through Set; whilst the other nations are homo sapiens through amalgamation because the Bible confirms this.
Carl Lester Taborada
09 June 2013 11:19 PM
I know that Ellen White's words could never be questioned since it's God Himself giving the truth. But, I'm not convinced, to be honest, of how you defend her statement about the amalgamation between man and beast. Sure, you've mentioned about genetic engineering. But, what's with that? Ellen White could not leave us a statement which is impossible to clearly understand and your explanations is quite biased. Please send me further information about what you think of that statement. Scientifically and Biblically. Thanks!
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