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Amalgamation, Page 6

Chapter 6—Second Passage Examined

This brings us to a consideration of the second of the two passages relating to amalgamation: Amal 6.1

Every species of animal which God had created were preserved in the ark. The confused species which God did not create, which were the result of amalgamation, were destroyed by the flood. 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.—Spiritual Gifts 3:75. Amal 6

This passage is separated from the first by only a few pages. The intervening pages give the account of the Flood. Amal 6.2

Here she speaks of “every species of animal which God had created,” in contrast with “the confused species which God did not create.” “Confused species” of what? The construction permits only one answer: Species of animal. But an amalgamation of man with beast would produce, not a species of animal, but a hybrid man-beast species, whatever that might be. Mrs. White is here most certainly speaking of “confused species” of animals. And she says simply that such “confused species” “were the result of amalgamation.” Amal 6.3

Let us summarize, now, by placing in parallel columns the substance of two statements by Mrs. White: Amal 6.4

Amalgamation of ManAmalgamation of Beast
The intermarriage, the amalgamation, ofThe amalgamation of “species of animals”
races of men defaced the image of Godresulted in “confused species.”

We believe these parallel passages fully warrant the conclusion, already reached, that when Mrs. White said, “amalgamation of man and beast,” she meant (1) the amalgamation of races of men, and (2) the amalgamation of species of animals. The first “defaced the image of God,” the second “caused confusion everywhere.” Amal 6.5

Chapter 7—Three Important Conclusions

Mrs. White says that “since the flood” there “has been amalgamation of man and beast,” and adds that the results may be seen in (1) “almost endless varieties of species of animals,” and in (2) “certain races of men.” There are several important conclusions that follow from this passage: Amal 6.6

1. Mrs. White speaks of two clearly distinguished groups that testify to this amalgamation. There are (1) “species of animals” and (2) “races of men.” There is no suggestion that there were species part man and part animal. But how could there be amalgamation of man with animal and the result be anything else than hybrid man-animal species? She does not even hint of subhuman monsters or caricatures of man. On the contrary, as just noted, she speaks unequivocally of “species of animals” and “races of men.” She does not single out or name any particular race as bearing the evidence of this amalgamation. Amal 6.7

2. Mrs. White speaks of the “almost endless varieties of species of animals” that have resulted from amalgamation. Now it has been suggested that Mrs. White in the matter of amalgamation reflected the thinking of those who believed the fiction of man-animal crosses. If we rightly understand that fiction, as it has been wafted through the centuries by the winds of credulity, a few large, mythical creatures of antiquity were supposed to have resulted from a union of man with animals. And these creatures were Amal 6.8

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