The doctrine of Trinity has been a fundamental belief of the Seventh-day Adventist church since 1931.
In the earliest years, however, most early church leaders were anti-trinitarian. What caused
the change? Erwin Gane
examines the various beliefs of prominent leaders in the early years as shown in their
writings. He also documents the differences between their thought
and that of Ellen White and shows how she led the church, through a
gradual process that avoided direct confrontation, to the fully
Trinitarian position which is held today.
Erwin R. Gane, M.Div., M. Th., is well known to the
members of the SDA church, since his last 9 years of service before
retirement were at the General Conference as editor of the Adult Sabbath
School Lesson Quarterly. Previous to this he taught religion classes
at Avondale College in Australia, Union College, and Pacific Union Colleges in America.
He has also pastored churches in Australia and the USA. He and his wife
are now retired in Angwin, California.
This previously unpublished Masters Thesis by Erwin Roy Gane,
written June 1963 for the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Andrews University,
is reproduced here by permission of the author.