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Apocalypse and Health

Roy Branson

in Prevention vs. Treatment

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199837373
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919499 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199837373.003.0015
Apocalypse and Health

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Seventh-day Adventists, the largest Adventist Christian denomination, operate the largest number of acute-care medical institutions of any Protestant denomination. The denomination emerged out of 19th century American reform movements that emphasized clean water, diet, exercise, fresh air, and temperance as forms of achieving health and preventing disease. Partly because of the Seventh-day Adventist theological appreciation of law, Adventist health care institutions during the 20th century embraced scientific medicine and delivery of acute care. In the latter part of the 20th century Adventism rediscovered its heritage of expressing an apocalyptic consciousness in a commitment to reforming society. One result has been a re-emphasis within the Adventist community on improving public health, preventing disease, and a “healing of the nations.”

Keywords: Adventism; law; scientific medicine; apocalyptic consciousness; clean water; diet; exercise; fresh air; temperance

Chapter.  8995 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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