I persuaded my university to allow me to pursue my Ph.D. in two disciplines concurrently, Sociology + History, so I did work in both departments and I had advisors from both, and external examiners of my dissertation from both disciplines. So I call myself a historical sociologist. Sociology mostly gives an account of where we…… Continue reading Adventist Relations with Governments: A Preference For Dictators?
Article published in Spectrum 48(2), March 2021 The Adventist Church and its LGBT MembersDownload
English translation of an interview in Zelota magazine, Brazil, published April 2021. Interview with Dr. Ronald Lawson, an Adventist sociologist scholar, about the relations between the Adventist church and politics around the world Dr. Ronald Lawson is an Australian Adventist sociologist, now living in the US, who spent two decades interviewing around 5,700 Adventists all…… Continue reading Embracing Authoritarians: Seventh-day Adventism and Dictatorships
So, you spent two decades traveling the world and interviewing 4,000 Adventists. Could you briefly introduce us to this massive project you carried out? Were there any general hypotheses or conclusions that arose during your research? Towards 5,700 interviews now. 4 planned volumes, each with its theme: I: From sect to denomination, from high tension…… Continue reading Questions asked by Brazilians and My Answers
I grew up in a devout Adventist family in Australia. My father was a newspaper editor and manager of a printing works who, at the end of a difficult 16-week printers’ strike, during which he and the apprentices had had to produce everything, decided to do what he had always wanted to do: he became…… Continue reading My Political Evolution as an Adventist Christian