6 Interesting Facts About Ben Carson’s Christian Faith

by SAMI K. MARTIN  |  published on May 7, 2015

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Former neurosurgeon Ben Carson has officially entered the 2016 presidential race for the Republican Party. Carson is well-known for his medical accomplishments such as separating conjoined twins, but he is also as well-known for his religious beliefs. The Seventh-day Adventist has relied upon his faith from a young age and continues to do so today. Here is a look at six key elements and issues related to Carson’s faith.

1. Carson is a twice-baptized Seventh-day Adventist.

While he was baptized at a young age, Carson asked to be baptized by a different pastor when he was 12, stating that he didn’t fully understand the importance of his infant baptism, he wrote in Gifted Hands.

2. Even though he belongs to the Seventh-day Adventist church, he often attends churches of different traditions and has said that he appreciates the beliefs of other faiths.

“I spend just as much time in non-Seventh-day Adventist churches because I’m not convinced that the denomination is the most important thing,” he told Religion News Service in 1999. “I think it’s the relationship with God that’s most important.”