Examining Trends (Especially Decline) in Religious Groups

On August 8 2013, the Pew Research Center hosted a round-table on “Religion Trends in the US,” featuring sociologists Claude Fischer of the University of California at Berkeley and Michael Hout of New York University; Gallup’s Editor-in-Chief Frank Newport; and the Pew Research Center’s Greg Smith, the Director of US Religion Surveys for the Religion & Public Life…… Continue reading Examining Trends (Especially Decline) in Religious Groups

The GC/NAD and the Supreme Court’s LGBT+ Decision

On June 15, 2020, the US Supreme Court ruled that gay and transgender workers were protected from discrimination in their workplaces. Justice Gorsuch wrote in the opinion: “An employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law.” The court arguments focused on the Title VII protections written into the 1964…… Continue reading The GC/NAD and the Supreme Court’s LGBT+ Decision

Reassessing the Size of Mormons, Adventists and Witnesses: Using Census Data to Test the Reliability of Membership Data and Accounting for the Disparate Patterns Found

This article compares the growth of three religious groups, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Seventh-day Adventists, and Jehovah’s Witnesses. All originated in America during the nineteenth century and have since globalized. It begins by using their official membership data to contrast their aggregate growth over time. It then questions the reliability of…… Continue reading Reassessing the Size of Mormons, Adventists and Witnesses: Using Census Data to Test the Reliability of Membership Data and Accounting for the Disparate Patterns Found

The Seventh-Day Adventist Church as a Global Organization

The Scope of Seventh-day Adventism Unlike most Protestant denominations, which focused their missions in certain countries and later spun off independent national churches there, Seventh-day Adventists felt impelled to take their particular message to the whole world and to build a unified global church. A paper read at the meeting of the Religious Research Association,…… Continue reading The Seventh-Day Adventist Church as a Global Organization

The Two Faces of Adventism: Roots, Unresolved Tensions, Growing Conflict

Roots 1. Although early Adventism, seeing itself as God’s “Remnant”, rejected Protestantism, EGW plagiarized their books. From this emerged two faces within her writings: e.g., Early Writings and The Great Controversy represent the sectarian EGW and Desire of Ages and Steps To Christ represent the mainstream. While she seems to have felt no great pressure…… Continue reading The Two Faces of Adventism: Roots, Unresolved Tensions, Growing Conflict