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W. W. Prescott: Forgotten Giant of Adventism's Second Generation



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By Gilbert M. Valentine

ISBN: 9780828018920 | 336 pages | Review and Herald Publishing | Copyright 2005

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"Unbelievers turn pale and say,

that man is inspired."
–Ellen White to her son Edson

What a preacher! His resonant voice could best a thunderstorm. Known for his wisdom, his vice was overwork. He was president of three colleges at once, and founded or laid the groundwork for four (Union, Walla Walla, Newbold, and Avondale).

"I have . . . seen in him some of the rarest gifts possessed by any man in our ranks." –A. G. Daniells to W. C. White

He started out as a journalist. With a first-class education from Dartmouth, W. W. Prescott was soon editing a successful newspaper. The call to shepherd Battle Creek College involved a major pay cut. But over time he reshaped the church's educational system and politics. Holding 11 different offices simultaneously, he initiated curriculum reforms (less classics, more Bible) that met with strong opposition. His political reforms triumphed in 1901.

"The wildest and most unsafe man that has ever undertaken to pose as a leader of this denomination." –J. H. Kellogg

In the aftermath of the 1888 tumult Prescott was a peacemaker. Yet controversy swirled around him most of the time: over the teachers he hired (A. T. Jones and E. J. Waggoner), over his reforms, and over his new theology. Hounded by detractors for decades, his ""heresies""—the Trinity, his new view of the daily—are now standard teaching. But the dispute over Daniel 8:13 would, in the end, prove his political undoing.

"His theme from first to last and always is Christ." —W. C. White in Australia

This deeply researched portrait of an energetic man of God will make you tired—and inspire you to better things.

"The most overpowering personality I have ever met." —H.M.S. Richards

W. W. Prescott: Forgotten Giant of Adventism's Second Generation

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"Unbelievers turn pale and say,

that man is inspired."
–Ellen White to her son Edson

What a preacher! His resonant voice could best a thunderstorm. Known for his wisdom, his vice was overwork. He was president of three colleges at once, and founded or laid the groundwork for four (Union, Walla Walla, Newbold, and Avondale).

"I have . . . seen in him some of the rarest gifts possessed by any man in our ranks." –A. G. Daniells to W. C. White

He started out as a journalist. With a first-class education from Dartmouth, W. W. Prescott was soon editing a successful newspaper. The call to shepherd Battle Creek College involved a major pay cut. But over time he reshaped the church's educational system and politics. Holding 11 different offices simultaneously, he initiated curriculum reforms (less classics, more Bible) that met with strong opposition. His political reforms triumphed in 1901.

"The wildest and most unsafe man that has ever undertaken to pose as a leader of this denomination." –J. H. Kellogg

In the aftermath of the 1888 tumult Prescott was a peacemaker. Yet controversy swirled around him most of the time: over the teachers he hired (A. T. Jones and E. J. Waggoner), over his reforms, and over his new theology. Hounded by detractors for decades, his ""heresies""—the Trinity, his new view of the daily—are now standard teaching. But the dispute over Daniel 8:13 would, in the end, prove his political undoing.

"His theme from first to last and always is Christ." —W. C. White in Australia

This deeply researched portrait of an energetic man of God will make you tired—and inspire you to better things.

"The most overpowering personality I have ever met." —H.M.S. Richards

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Gilbert M. Valentine


Gilbert M. Valentine, PhD, is professor and chair of the Department of Administration and Leadership at La Sierra University in Riverside, California.-á He has both taught and served in senior administration in Adventist higher education in Pakistan, England, Thailand, and Australia, as well as in his home country, New Zealand. He has written extensively in the area of Adventist History.-á His previous publications include W.W. Prescott: Forgotten Giant of Adventism's Second Generation (2005) and The Struggle for the Prophetic Heritage (2006).