Seventh-day Adventists in Conflict: A Nineteenth-century Religious Movement Meets the Twentieth Century

Introduction – 2018 During the first half of the 1980s, conflict within Seventh-day Adventism received a great deal of attention in the press. The titles of some of the articles included “The Shaking up of Adventism?” [Christianity Today, 1980a]; “Theologian Told to Defend his Views” [Los Angeles Times, 1980a]; “Seventh-day Adventist Controversy: Plagiarism Found in…… Continue reading Seventh-day Adventists in Conflict: A Nineteenth-century Religious Movement Meets the Twentieth Century

Encyclopedia of Millennialism: Apocalypticism in Seventh-day Adventism

Seventh-day Adventism had urgently apocalyptic origins: as pre-millennialists, Adventists preached that the Second Coming of Christ and the end of the world was imminent. Although the urgency of the belief has ­moderated with the passage of time, they continue to cling to the doctrine­ that the Second Coming will take place “soon,” and this remains…… Continue reading Encyclopedia of Millennialism: Apocalypticism in Seventh-day Adventism

Encyclopedia of Fundamentalism: Seventh-day Adventism

Seventh-day Adventists trace their roots to the Millerite Movement during the early 1840s, which attracted upwards of 50,000 followers in the American Northeast. When the prediction of Baptist lay-preacher, William Miller [1782-1849], that Christ would return on October 22, 1844 proved false, his movement shattered. One fragment, whose leaders included a young visionary, Ellen White…… Continue reading Encyclopedia of Fundamentalism: Seventh-day Adventism