The Evolution and Current Issues of Seventh-day Adventism

Ronald Lawson was born into a devout Seventh-day Adventist family in Australia, and is still an active Adventist (or SDA). Trained in both history and sociology, he became eager to understand the dynamics of his church. In 1984 he launched an ambitious study of global Adventism. Over the next more than two decades, he travelled to 60 countries in all divisions of the world church, and completed long searching interviews with over 4,000 Adventists. These interviewees …

Mormons, Adventists, and Jehovah’s Witnesses: Three “American Originals” and How They’ve Grown

Mormons, Adventists, and Jehovah’s Witnesses have all felt called to take their teachings to the world and have all experienced significant growth. But they have varied considerably in their geographic spread and where they have been most numerically successful. The result is sharply differing profiles: Adventists are concentrated in the developing world. while Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons are stronger in the developed world, but in different parts of it. Within countries. Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons are more urban; Adventists are more rural. Adventists also tend to be poorer than Jehovah’s Witnesses and especially practicing Mormons. Exploring why these differing patterns developed …