Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is a Seventh-Day Adventist, a faith with a firm stance on behalf of non-violence. So writes Sarah Posner in a fascinating article.
“The language of support for guns is totally outside the rhetoric and beliefs of the Adventist church,” Posner quotes a prominent Adventist thinker as saying.
From the founding of the denomination in 1863, both doctrinally and culturally, Adventists have been “non-combative,” and their status in wartime is that of conscientious objector, said Alexander Carpenter, a writer and academic who serves on the board of Adventist Forum, a liberal non-profit that publishes the independent journal Spectrum.
In his statements about guns and gun violence, Carson “is not an authentic Adventist,” added Carpenter, who also has taught at Pacific Union College, one of a dozen Adventist colleges and universities in the United States. Many Adventists have served in the U.S. military, but refused to carry weapons. Others served in the medical corps. Still others, such as the young medical students at the Adventist Loma Linda University medical school, volunteered during World War II to be medical test subjects rather than engaging in combat.
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Side note: Posner's reports on faith and politics are a rock-solid source of analysis and perspective.