Religion: Advancing Adventists

As 1,307 delegates from 102 countries gathered for a World Conference of the Seventh-day Adventists in San Francisco last week, there was a note of gentle irony in their choice of one of their meeting places−the Cow Palace. Vegetarians by conviction, almost all Adventists abstain from meat. They tend to abstain from alcohol, nicotine, coffee, tea, cosmetics, jewelry, dancing, card playing, movies, the theater, and "sensational" TV shows.

Some of these aversions they share with other strongly fundamentalist and austere Protestant groups. What sets the Seventh-day Adventists strikingly apart from their fellow Protestants...

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