Walter Julius Veith (born 1949) is a South African zoologist and a Seventh-day Adventist author and speaker known for his work in nutrition, creationism and Biblical exegesis with the Amazing Discoveries media ministry and on their international television network found in North America on Galaxy 19.
Veith was professor of the zoology department at the University of Cape Town and taught in the medical bioscience department. During this time the department was awarded a Royal Society London grant for zoological research.
After joining the Seventh-day Adventist Church he rejected the theory of evolution in favor of creationism and so had to give up teaching at the University of Cape Town.
As a creationist he speaks internationally on this and other topics. His lectures, videos, and books promote creationist and Adventist beliefs and doctrines. These include an evangelical understanding of the Bible with a very strong commitment to the Textus Receptus and the King James Version of the Bible but not a 'KJV Only' position, He also promotes a vegan diet and a belief in the imminent fulfillment of Biblical End Times and the return of Jesus Christ.
Veith has written a number of books, including Diet and Health and The Genesis Conflict, which gives a biblical perspective and evidence claimed to support young earth creationism. He is the keynote speaker of Amazing Discoveries, a non-profit worldwide ministry based in British Columbia, Canada. Amazing Discoveries conducts seminars and streams by satellite, 24 hours a day, seven days a week on TV and satellite across North America and the world.
Walter Veith was born in 1949 and grew up in a strict Catholic home. His mother, a Protestant, died early from cancer. Veith believed that because of his mother's non-Catholic beliefs, she would "languish forever and ever" in hell. This prompted Veith to become an atheist at the age of ten.
In 1971 Walter Veith began studying zoology at the University of Stellenbosch, where he graduated with a Master of Science in zoology. His thesis dealt with the propagation of dwarf chameleons. A two-year postgraduate course at the University of Cape Town followed in 1979. His thesis was an Autoradiographic and Electron Microscopic study of embryonic nutrition in the teleost Clinus superciliosus. He also attended lectures on zoology at the universities of Durban-Westville and Stellenbosch. Veith's research field is nutritional physiology, concentrating on the effect of modern animal husbandry on the incidence of disease transferral to humans. His research concentrates on degenerative diseases caused by incorrect nutrition and particularly on diseases such as osteoporosis, cardiovascular diseases, and also on fertility.
Teaching and religious development
After the graduation Veith became an adjunct professor at the University of Stellenbosch and until 1987 gave lectures in zoology.
Early in the 1980s, after his young son fell seriously ill and recovered, he and his wife returned to the Catholic faith. But a few years later he developed doubts about Catholicism and, through the influence of a craftsman who renovated his kitchen, he and his wife joined the Adventist faith.
In his first lectures as an adjunct professor, he had had a student who rejected what she called the lie of evolutionism and instead maintained the truth of the biblical creation story. He soundly put her in her place. Now, his new faith and his own Bible studies led him to adopt this belief, which brought him into conflict with what he was teaching. Because of his lectures on the alleged scientific evidence for the biblical creation story he was asked to leave the University of Stellenbosch.
He sold his house in Stellenbosch and accepted a position as associate professor at the University of the Western Cape in zoology. His serious concerns about the theory of evolution had been resolved by the proviso that he only needed to carry out research.
The university closed temporarily due to race riots. This gave Veith the opportunity to travel to California and visit Ariel Roth, a creationist in charge of the Adventist Geoscience Research Institute, Loma Linda. He researched evidence of the biblical story of creation, and developed a series of lectures to present his findings.
The following year Veith received a one-year contract at the University of Cape Town. His creationist lectures meant that his contract was not renewed, but he was hired in a research-only position at the University of the Western Cape. At this time, Veith began to hold lectures outside university. Initially, his talks were mainly to Adventist congregations in the United States, then in Canada, Australia and Europe. In his lectures on nutrition he promoted Adventist values such as vegetarianism and fasting. His first book was published in 1998 under the title of Diet and Health.
In 1995 he became a full professor with tenure and the head of the Department of Zoology, the content also dealt with the theory of evolution after five years. He used his position among other things to promote his belief in creationism and to deny the theory of evolution, finding a fellow believer in these views in his colleague Quincy Johnson. In 1997 he published his results in The Genesis Conflict.
After conflicts at the University of the Western Cape due to their unorthodox views, Walter Veith and Quincy Johnson left the department of zoology. Johnson joined the Department of Microbiology, while Veith joined the Department of Physiology, where he worked until 2003. With this change, their right to teach zoology was withdrawn. Since his retirement from teaching physiology, Veith has devoted his time to pastoring.
Veith teaches in his lectures the basic pillars of Adventism, which he believes are an extension of the Reformation's founding principles including Sola Gracia, Sola Christos, Sola Scriptura–Grace alone, Christ alone, the Bible alone and a pillar of the Reformation: the identity of the Antichrist. He states that Adventism has proceeded from the beliefs of the Reformation which eventually fell into creeds and made five key discoveries along with the Three Angels' Messages," which make the Adventist denomination unique:
Veith has also presented lectures on diet, how it directly impacts numerous degenerative diseases including his findings of the negative affects caused by poor nutrition, such as osteoporosis, arthritis, and cancer. He also lectures on creationism.
Veith's view of the KJV Bible
Veith holds that some of the new versions of the Bible coming out came from manuscripts with corruptions introduced by the Alexandrian text and varies and is less reliable than the Majority Text. The Adventist church does not hold a KJV only view, although a number of Adventists continue to prefer the King James Version. Because of his 2004 lecture War of the Bibles Veith was denied access to SDA churches in Germany for a time but was reinstated in 2010.
A periodical recommended that Veith:
"revise from scratch future comments on this topic to be balanced, fair and serious or to dispense with them" - John Kovar: Advent Echo (3 November 2004
The Adventist Biblical Research Institute disagrees with Veith's view of Bible translations.
Spectrum magazine, an independent periodical focusing on Adventism, refers to Walter Veith as the leading conspiratory voice within Adventism.
Without specifically naming Veith, the church's official paper, the Adventist Review, has addressed Veith's conspiracy theories. Veith responded to the Review author explaining his views further.
In a lecture in Nürnberg-Marienberg in October 2012 Walter Veith claimed that the Holocaust was used to "herd together" the Jews from all over Europe, so that they could be resettled in Palestine.
The leadership of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Germany, Austria and Switzerland decided on 9 November 2012 that these statements were anti-Semitic and discriminatory. The church leaders took the view that they were "very close to criminal trivialization of the Nazi reign of terror". In December 2012, the Church leaders banned Veith from speaking in community centers and described his lectures as "conspiracy theories" and "spiritual abuse".
However, various of the German Seventh-day Adventist groups are getting around this ban by inviting Walter Veith into larger, independent event halls.
Amazing Discoveries and Walter Veith replied that the presentation was not meant to be anti-Semitic in any way, and they distanced themselves from anti-Semitism and racism. Veith blamed the accusation of anti-Semitism on "linguistic inadequacy", because German is a foreign language for him, adding that in Germany there is a "hypersensitivity" to statements about the persecution of the Jews. According to Amazing Discoveries Arno Hamburger, a member of Nuremberg City Council and first chairman of the Jewish
Religious Community, speaking for the local Jewish community, expressed the view that there was no recognizable anti-Semitism in Veith's statement.
- Something different. Vegan cookery. More great, tasty recipes. Nuremberg: Shosh, 1993
- Rediscover diet. The influence of diet on our health. Stuttgart: Scientific Publishing Company, 1996 ISBN 3-8047-1468-4, (Also published as Diet and Health, Stuttgart 1998, ISBN 3-88763-068-8 ). Presents insights on health from his own research and seminars on nutrition and the impact of diet on human health and disease
- The Genesis Conflict. Amazing Discoveries, Delta BC 2002, ISBN 0-9682363-5-9. A study of evolutionary theory and the evidences of Creation found in the natural world. In this book Veith discusses the biblical version of the creation account and argues in support of its veracity, maintaining that the geological and paleontological data does not support gradual evolution, but rather imply catastrophism, which is consistent with the Genesis account.
- On the truth is what matters. Amazing Discoveries, Heroldsberg 2003, ISBN 3-9809109-0-3, (Original title: Truth Matters - Escaping the Labyrinth of Error). An analysis of current religious and political developments on the basis of biblical texts, claiming that the Papacy, Freemasonry, and the United Nations (among other institutions) are anti-Christian oriented organizations.
- Veith, W. J. 1974. Reproductive biology of Chamaeleo pumilis pumilis with special reference to the role of the corpus luteum and progesterone. Zool. Afr. 9: 161-183.
- Veith, W. J. 1979 The Chemical composition of the follicular fluid of the viviparous teleost Clinus Superciliousus, Comp. Biochem. Physiol. 63A; 37-40
- Veith, W. J., 1979, Reproduction of the live-bearing teleost Clinus Superciliosus. S. Afr. J. Zool. 14:208-211
- Veith, W. J., 1980, Viviparity and embryonic adaptions in the teleost Clinus Superciliosus. Can J. Zool. 58:1-12
- Veith, W. J. and S. R. Malecha. 1983. Histochemical study of the distribution of lipids, 3 alpha- and 3 beta-hydrosteroid dehydrogenase in the androgenic gland of the cultured prawn, Macrobrachium rosenbergii (de Man) (Crustacea; Decapoda). S. Afri. J. Sci. 79:84-85.
- Manie, T., Khan, S., Brozel, V.S., Veith, W.J. and Gouws, P.A. 1998. Antimicrobial resistance of bacteria isolated from slaughtered and retail chicken in South Africa. Letters in Applied Microbiology 26, 253-258.
- Manie, T., Brozel, V.S., Veith, W.J. and Gouws, P.A. 1999. Antimicrobial resistance of bacterial flora associated with bovine products in South Africa. Journal of Food Protection 62, 615-618.