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

A Watershed for Seventh-day Adventism

For PDF click here: A Watershed for Seventh-day Adventism Ronald Lawson Over 2,500 delegates from 184 countries participated in the­ quinquennial General Conference Session of the Seventh-day Adventist Church ­in Indianapolis, July 5-14, 1990. The session was marked by impassioned debates and dramatic, unexpected election results. By its close it was­ clear that Adventism had…… Continue reading A Watershed for Seventh-day Adventism

Seventh-Day Adventist Pluralism: Celebration and Challenge at The General Conference Session in 2000

For PDF click here: 2000 GC Session Ronald Lawson, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus Queens College The City University of New York This paper was written at the request of Christian Century Seventh-day Adventists met for their quinquennial General Conference Session in Toronto from June 29-July 8, 2000. Two thousand delegates representing Adventists in 205 countries in…… Continue reading Seventh-Day Adventist Pluralism: Celebration and Challenge at The General Conference Session in 2000

Sectarian Groups and Social Issues:  Broadening Church-Sect Theory

Ronald Lawson For PDF Click Here: Sectarian Groups and Social Issues:  Broadening Church-Sect Theory A paper presented at the meeting of the Religious Research Association, Columbus, Ohio, October 2001 Introduction: the Evolution of Church-Sect Theory Church-sect theory, which was originally put forward by Ernst Troeltsch in 1911 and amplified by H. Richard Niebuhr in 1929, has…… Continue reading Sectarian Groups and Social Issues:  Broadening Church-Sect Theory