Toward An Adventist Theology Of Health - XI - The Philosophical Shift

Modern Medicine was paradoxically born as a medicine of order and control. The scientific and humanist revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries aimed to introduce an order that, until then, was at best only partial.  Reliable scientific methods for deciphering, understanding and therefore of controlling human social and biological processes, were still not in our possession. This aim contrasts with the spirit of freedom that is usually attributed to modernity. The excessive, unjustified and despotic medieval control exercised, above all by the church upon individuals, had been overthrown by modernity. This inaugurated, for the first time, a true age of freedom and liberation. Liberation from prejudices, ignorance and the institutions that until then had been the trustees of a pre-established social order and stability.

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From a larger perspective (cultural and philosophically), it’s certainly time to start thinking deeply and critically the medical model underlying the enormous success of our contemporary medicine. Some new situations, particularly the pandemics but not only, have introduced new factors that push us to look for new perspectives. But does all this really affects the adventist Health message? Does this new situation make it more relevant or more irrelevant?

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