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Jeffrey MacDonald, an award-winning religion reporter, and author of Thieves in the Temple, reports that the SDA church is the fastest-growing church in the United States. The church has been described as "something of an extended family",  enjoying close, "two- degrees-of-separation social networks ". The Biblical Research Institute is the theological research center of the church.
White Estate was established in at the death of Ellen White, as specified in her legal will. Its purpose is to act as custodian of her writings, and as of it has 15 board members. White Estate also hosts the official Ellen White website whiteestate. The Geoscience Research Institute , based at Loma Linda University , was founded in to investigate the scientific evidence concerning origins.
Started in the late 19th century, Adventist mission work today reaches people in over countries and territories. Missionary outreach of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is aimed not only at non-Christians but also at Christians from other denominations. Adventists believe that Christ has called his followers in the Great Commission to reach the whole world.
Adventists are cautious, however, to ensure that evangelism does not impede or intrude on the basic rights of the individual. Religious liberty is a stance that the Adventist Church supports and promotes. Globally, the Adventist Church operates 7, schools, colleges and universities, with a total enrollment of more than 1,, and a total teaching staff of approximately 80, The largest in terms of population Seventh-day Adventist university in the world is Northern Caribbean University , located in Mandeville, Jamaica.
Adventists run a large number of hospitals and health-related institutions. Throughout the world, the church runs a wide network of hospitals, clinics, lifestyle centers, and sanitariums. These play a role in the church's health message and worldwide missions outreach. Adventist Health System is the largest not-for-profit multi-institutional Protestant healthcare system in the United States. It is sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Church and cares for over 4 million patients yearly. ADRA works as a non-sectarian relief agency in countries and areas of the world.
Worldwide, ADRA employs over 4, people to help provide relief in crises as well as development in situations of poverty. The church embraces an official commitment to the protection and care of the environment  as well as taking action to avoid the dangers of climate change: A reformation of lifestyle is called for, based on respect for nature, restraint in the use of the world's resources, reevaluation of one's needs, and reaffirmation of the dignity of created life.
The Adventist church has been active for over years in promoting freedom of religion for all people regardless of faith. In its leaders founded the International Religious Liberty Association , which is universal and non-sectarian. The Seventh-day Adventist Church State Council serves, primarily through advocacy, to seek protection for religious groups from legislation that may affect their religious practices.
In May , for example, the organization fought to pass legislation that would protect Adventist employees who wish to keep the Sabbath. According to Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, the Seventh-day Adventist Church has, throughout its history, aggressively advocated for the separation of church and state.
Adventists have long been proponents of media-based ministries. Traditional Adventist evangelistic efforts consisted of street missions and the distribution of tracts such as The Present Truth , which was published by James White as early as Andrews was sent to Switzerland in , Adventist global efforts consisted entirely of the posting of tracts such as White's to various locations.
In the last century, these efforts have also made use of emerging media such as radio and television. The first of these was H. Richards ' radio show Voice of Prophecy , which was initially broadcast in Los Angeles in Since then Adventists have been on the forefront of media evangelism; It Is Written , founded by George Vandeman , was the first religious program to air on color television and the first major Christian ministry to utilize satellite uplink technology.
Today the Hope Channel , the official television network of the church, operates 8 international channels broadcasting 24 hours a day on cable, satellite, and the Web. Adventist World Radio was founded in  and is the "radio mission arm" of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
A large portion of the ministry's income is derived from membership gifts. SDA evangelists such as Doug Batchelor, Mark Finley and Dwight Nelson have undertaken a number of international satellite-broadcast live evangelistic events, addressing audiences in up to 40 languages simultaneously.
Additionally, there exists a range of privately owned media entities representing Adventist beliefs. In , the Church released their film, Tell the World that churches and institutions to show the film to the public, and for home viewing available on DVD as well as on social media like YouTube.
The Adventist Church owns and operates many publishing companies around the world. Two of the largest are the Pacific Press and Review and Herald publishing associations, both located in the United States. The Review and Herald is headquartered in Hagerstown, Maryland.
The official church magazine is the Adventist Review , which has a North American focus. It has a sister magazine Adventist World , which has an international perspective.
Another major magazine published by the church is the bimonthly Liberty magazine, which addresses issues pertaining to religious freedom. The Adventist Church generally opposes the ecumenical movement , although it supports some of the other goals of ecumenism. The General Conference has released an official statement concerning the Adventist position with respect to the ecumenical movement, which contains the following paragraph:.
While not being a member of the World Council of Churches , the Adventist Church has participated in its assemblies in an observer capacity. The Adventist Church has received criticism along several lines, including what some claim are heterodox doctrines, and in relation to Ellen G. White and her status within the church, and in relation to alleged exclusivist issues. Critics such as evangelical Anthony Hoekema who felt that Adventists were more in agreement with Arminianism argue that some Adventist doctrines are heterodox.
Several teachings which have come under scrutiny are the annihilationist view of hell , the investigative judgment and a related view of the atonement , and the Sabbath; in addition, Hoekema also claims that Adventist doctrine suffers from legalism. While critics such as Hoekema have classified Adventism as a sectarian group on the basis of its atypical doctrines,   it has been accepted as more mainstream by Protestant evangelicals since its meetings and discussions with evangelicals in the s.
Later on Martin planned to write a new book on Seventh-day Adventism, with the assistance of Kenneth R. An Updated Assessment of Seventh-day Adventism", which upholds Martin's view "for that segment of Adventism which holds to the position stated in QOD , and further expressed in the Evangelical Adventist movement of the last few decades. White 's status as a modern-day prophet has also been criticized.
In the Questions on Doctrine era, evangelicals expressed concern about Adventism's understanding of the relationship of White's writings to the inspired canon of Scripture. A common criticism of Ellen White, widely popularized by Walter T. Rea , Ronald Numbers and others, is the claim of plagiarism from other authors. Ramik, was engaged to undertake a study of Ellen G.
White's writings during the early s, and concluded that they were "conclusively unplagiaristic". The ensuing project became known as the " 'Life of Christ' Research Project". The results are available at the General Conference Archives. Coon,  David J. Denis Fortin,   King and Morgan,  and Morgan,  among others, undertook the refutation of the accusations of plagiarism. At the conclusion of his report, Ramik states:. It is impossible to imagine that the intention of Ellen G.
White, as reflected in her writings and the unquestionably prodigious efforts involved therein, was anything other than a sincerely motivated and unselfish effort to place the understandings of Biblical truths in a coherent form for all to see and comprehend. Most certainly, the nature and content of her writings had but one hope and intent, namely, the furthering of mankind's understanding of the word of God.
Considering all factors necessary in reaching a just conclusion on this issue, it is submitted that the writings of Ellen G. White were conclusively unplagiaristic. Finally, critics have alleged that certain Adventist beliefs and practices are exclusivist in nature and point to the Adventist claim to be the " remnant church ", and the traditional Protestant association of Roman Catholicism as " Babylon ".
In response to such criticisms, Adventist theologians have stated that the doctrine of the remnant does not preclude the existence of genuine Christians in other denominations, but is concerned with institutions. We fully recognize the heartening fact that a host of true followers of Christ are scattered all through the various churches of Christendom, including the Roman Catholic communion. These God clearly recognizes as His own. Such do not form a part of the "Babylon" portrayed in the Apocalypse.
God has children, many of them, in the Protestant churches, and a large number in the Catholic churches, who are more true to obey the light and to do [to] the very best of their knowledge than a large number among Sabbathkeeping Adventists who do not walk in the light.
In addition to the ministries and institutions which are formally administered by the denomination, numerous para-church organizations and independent ministries exist. These include various health centers and hospitals, publishing and media ministries, and aid organizations.
A number of independent ministries have been established by groups within the Adventist church who hold a theologically distinct position or wish to promote a specific message, such as Hope International which have strained relationship with the official church, which has expressed concerns that such ministries may threaten Adventist unity. Throughout the history of the denomination, there have been a number of groups who have left the church and formed their own movements.
Conradi and certain European church leaders during the war, who decided that it was acceptable for Adventists to take part in war. Those who were opposed to this stand and who refused to join the war were declared "disfellowshipped" by the local Church leaders at the time.
When the Church leaders from the General Conference came and admonished the local European leaders after the war to try to heal the damage, and bring the members together, it met with resistance from those who had suffered under those leaders.
Their attempts at reconciliation failed after the war, the group became organized as a separate church at a conference held July 14—20, The movement officially incorporated in In , the mainstream church again looking to resolve what the German leaders had done, apologized for its failures during World War II expressing that they " 'deeply regret' any participation in or support of Nazi activities during the war by the German and Austrian leadership of the church.
This formed as the result of a schism within the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Europe during World War I over the position its European church leaders took in having members join the military or on the keeping of the Sabbath. The group remains active today in the former republics of the Soviet Union. Well known but distant offshoots are the Davidian Seventh-day Adventist organization and the Branch Davidians , themselves a schism within the larger Davidian movement.
A succession dispute after Houteff's death in led to the formation of generally two groups, the original Davidians and the Branches.
Later, another ex-Adventist, David Koresh , led the Branch Davidians until he died in the siege at the group's headquarters near Waco, Texas. A number of Adventists who apostatized, such as former ministers Walter Rea and Dale Ratzlaff , have become critics of the church's teachings and particularly of Ellen G.
A Cry in the Dark , a film about the death of Azaria Chamberlain , features the prejudice her parents faced due to misconceptions about their religion, and the father's loss of faith. On television, a main character on the show Gilmore Girls is depicted as a strict conservative Adventist, causing conflict with her daughter. Many other forms of media include mentions of Seventh-day Adventism.
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Qigong is commonly classified into two foundational categories: As moving meditation, qigong practice typically coordinates slow stylized movement, deep diaphragmatic breathing, and calm mental focus, with visualization of guiding qi through the body. While implementation details vary, generally qigong forms can be characterized as a mix of four types of practice: There are numerous qigong forms.
Many contemporary forms were developed by people who had recovered from their illness after qigong practice. In , the Chinese Health Qigong Association officially recognized four health qigong forms: In , the Chinese Health Qigong Association officially recognized five additional health qigong forms: Whether viewed from the perspective of exercise, health, philosophy, or martial arts training, several main principles emerge concerning the practice of qigong: Over time, five distinct traditions or schools of qigong developed in China, each with its own theories and characteristics: Health is believed to be returned by rebuilding qi, eliminating qi blockages, and correcting qi imbalances.
These TCM concepts do not translate readily to modern science and medicine. In Daoism various practices now known as Daoist Qigong are claimed to provide a way to achieve longevity and spiritual enlightenment ,  as well as a closer connection with the natural world.
In Buddhism meditative practices now known as Buddhist Qigong are part of a spiritual path that leads to spiritual enlightenment or Buddhahood. In contemporary China, the emphasis of qigong practice has shifted away from traditional philosophy, spiritual attainment, and folklore, and increasingly to health benefits, traditional medicine and martial arts applications, and a scientific perspective.
Qigong has been recognized as a "standard medical technique" in China since , and is sometimes included in the medical curriculum of major universities in China. Conventional or mainstream medicine includes specific practices and techniques based on the best available evidence demonstrating effectiveness and safety.
Integrative medicine IM refers to "the blending of conventional and complementary medicines and therapies with the aim of using the most appropriate of either or both modalities to care for the patient as a whole", : Scientists interested in qigong have sought to describe or verify the effects of qigong, to explore mechanisms of effects, to form scientific theory with respect to Qigong, and to identify appropriate research methodology for further study.
People practice qigong for many different reasons, including for recreation , exercise and relaxation , preventive medicine and self-healing , meditation and self-cultivation , and training for martial arts.
In recent years a large number of books and videos have been published that focus primarily on qigong as exercise and associated health benefits.
Practitioners range from athletes to the physically challenged. Because it is low impact and can be done lying, sitting, or standing, qigong is accessible for disabled persons, seniors, and people recovering from injuries. Qigong is generally viewed as safe. Cost for self-care is minimal, and cost efficiencies are high for group delivered care. Although clinical research examining health effects of qigong is increasing, there is little financial or medical incentive to support research, and still only a limited number of studies meet accepted medical and scientific standards of randomized controlled trials RCTs.
A systematic review of the effect of qigong exercises on cardiovascular diseases and hypertension found no conclusive evidence for effect,  and generally poor quality of research on the potential effects of affecting blood pressure.
A systematic review of the effect of qigong exercises on biomarkers of diabetes mellitus concluded that there was insufficient evidence for effect due to methodological problems with the underlying clinical trials.
A systematic review on the effect of qigong exercises on reducing pain concluded that "the existing trial evidence is not convincing enough to suggest that internal qigong is an effective modality for pain management. A systematic review of the effect of qigong exercises on cancer treatment concluded "the effectiveness of qigong in cancer care is not yet supported by the evidence from rigorous clinical trials. Therefore, the authors concluded, "Due to limited number of RCTs in the field and methodological problems and high risk of bias in the included studies, it is still too early to reach a conclusion about the efficacy and the effectiveness of qigong exercise as a form of health practice adopted by the cancer patients during their curative, palliative, and rehabilitative phases of the cancer journey.
A systematic review of the effect of qigong exercises on movement disorders found that the evidence was insufficient to recommend its use for this purpose. Many claims have been made that qigong can benefit or ameliorate mental health conditions,  including improved mood, decreased stress reaction, and decreased anxiety and depression.
Most medical studies have only examined psychological factors as secondary goals, although various studies have shown significant benefits such as decrease in cortisol levels, a chemical hormone produced by the body in response to stress. Basic and clinical research in China during the s was mostly descriptive, and few results were reported in peer-reviewed English-language journals.
The White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine CAM Policy recognized challenges and complexities to rigorous research concerning effectiveness and safety of CAM therapies such as qigong; emphasized that research must adhere to the same standards as conventional research, including statistically significant sample sizes, adequate controls, definition of response specificity, and reproducibility of results; and recommended substantial increases in funding for rigorous research.
Of particular concern is the impracticality of double blinding using appropriate sham treatments, and the difficulty of placebo control, such that benefits often cannot be distinguished from the placebo effect. Qigong is practiced for meditation and self-cultivation as part of various philosophical and spiritual traditions. As meditation, qigong is a means to still the mind and enter a state of consciousness that brings serenity, clarity, and bliss.
Qigong for self-cultivation can be classified in terms of traditional Chinese philosophy: Daoist, Buddhist, and Confucian. The practice of qigong is an important component in both internal and external style Chinese martial arts. T'ai Chi Ch'uan , Xing Yi , and Baguazhang are representative of the types of Chinese martial arts that rely on the concept of qi as the foundation.
T'ai Chi Ch'uan Taijiquan is a widely practiced Chinese internal martial style based on the theory of taiji "grand ultimate" , closely associated with qigong, and typically involving more complex choreographed movement coordinated with breath, done slowly for health and training, or quickly for self-defense.
Many scholars consider t'ai chi ch'uan to be a type of qigong, traced back to an origin in the seventeenth century.
In modern practice, qigong typically focuses more on health and meditation rather than martial applications, and plays an important role in training for t'ai chi ch'uan, in particular used to build strength, develop breath control, and increase vitality "life energy".
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