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Jesus was both divine and human. But the nature of Christ's humanity is perhaps the most explosive and divisive issue in Seventh-day Adventism.  Was His humanity like that of Adam before the Fall, or like that of a fallen human being?

It is not just an intellectual question, as one's understanding of what that nature is goes on to shape one's understanding of salvation and the daily life of the Christian before Christ's return. Both viewpoints appeal to the writings of Ellen White to support their position.  How do we interpret what she has to say on the subject?

As he did in his Ellen White on Salvation, Woodrow Whidden analyzes Ellen White's comments from a chronological perspective.  he has gathered all the statements she made on the subject and examines how she expanded or focused her perspective to meet changing issues and needs n the developing Seventh-day Adventist Church. Whidden asked those on both sides of the issue to send him every Ellen White statement that they feel speaks to the subject, and he has collected them in an extensive appendix. Every Seventh-day Adventist studying this issue will want this book for the appendix alone.

In addition to going carefully through what Ellen White said on the humanity of Christ and offering his conclusions and suggestions for further study, Whidden asked for comments from a number of leading spokespersons who have emphasized the fallen nature of Christ. Kevin Paulson has written a response to Whidden's research.


Preface 5


The Mystery of Christ's Humanity and Human Sinlessness
1. Where Have We Been and How Shall We Proceed? 11
2. What is Sin? 18


Developments Before 1888
3. The Humanity of Christ Before 1888: Part 1 27
4. The Humanity of Christ Before 1888: Part 2 31


Developments After 1888
5. The Humanity of Christ and Salvation After 1888:
Part1: The Years 1889-1895
6. The Humanity of Christ and Salvation After 1888:
Part 2: Important Terms Defined
7. The Humanity of Christ and Salvation After 1888:
Part 3. Development from 1896 to 1902
8. The Baker Letter 59


Interpretations and Implications
9. Christ's Humanity Justification, and Perfection 69
10. To "Historic Adventism" A Proposal for Dialogue
and Reconciliation
11. The Lower and Higher Natures: the Key to 
Resolving the Adventist Christology Debate"
by Kevin Paulson; Reply to Paulson


The Primary Ellen White Documents
Appendix A--Ellen White on "Depravity of Sin"  99
Appendix B--Ellen White on the Humanity of Christ 105
The Recently Discovered Kellogg Letter of 1903150
Bibliography 155

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