The Evolution and Current Issues of Seventh-day Adventism

Adventism, like most new religious groups, had sectarian roots. Stark and Bainbridge define sectarian as having high tension with society; they measure tension in terms of difference, mutual antagonisms, and separation from society [1980:49]. Using that definition, this essay argues that early Adventism was highly sectarian, and that it retained much of its tension with society for several decades

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