During November I will be sharing a series of video presentations, rather than papers. (Please note: the video does not show up in the preview image on the main page. Click the title above to see the video.) This one was presented on 5 October 2019 at the Roy Branson Legacy Sabbath School class in… Continue reading Adventism and Social Issues
At our last meeting I discussed the Church and an array of social issues. I showed that we had exhibited two different patterns and one unique case. In one pattern early sectarian Adventism did not care how it was regarded by other groups, but was very focused on using all resources to get its message…… Continue reading The Adventist Church and its LGBT Members
My topic has been stimulated by the fact that just as the TOSC Commission brought Adventist biblical scholars and Church administrators from all over the world to study women’s ordination in advance of the 2015 GC Session (only to see their recommendations ignored in the debate and decision-making process because Elder Ted Wilson, the GC…… Continue reading Man Created God in his Image
When I was introduced to church-sect theory while studying undergraduate sociology of religion in Australia, I immediately realized that it gave me a new understanding of Seventh-day Adventism, the faith in which I had been raised. I wrote a paper exploring the evolution of Adventism in these terms, and determined that this would be the…… Continue reading Dilemmas in Religious Research: When a Stigmatized Researcher Researches a Conservative Church
These days we hear a lot of talk and analysis of “message” , especially of the stances of politicians and the content of advertisements. Message is a word long-used by Adventists. But let us begin by asking ourselves: What was the core of the message of Jesus? Read Matthew 28: 19, 20. Teach what? What…… Continue reading Beasts, Rules, Grace, and Relevance: What is the Message of Multicultural Adventism?
Adventists, led by Ellen White, early turned their attention to education, and began to found primary schools, academies, and “colleges”. Their main purposes were to indoctrinate and evangelize the students, to protect the children of church members from threatening ideas and information, to provide spiritual and practical education as well as academic skills, and to…… Continue reading The Metro New York Adventist Forum: Celebrating its First 50 years, 1968-2018
Two prominent Adventists have recently urged a reversal in our Church’s long held position of opposing the enactment of laws attempting to impose morality. They have urged that the church take a public position against the recent changes in North America towards recognizing same-sex relationships, and publicly support the “Marriage Amendment” to the constitution that…… Continue reading Adventists and the Proposed “Marriage Amendment”: The Constitution and Same-Sex Relationships