Seventh-day Adventist Responses to Branch Davidian Notoriety

The Branch Davidians were linked to the Seventh-day Adventist Church by their historical roots, the source of their members, their name (officially the Branch Davidian Seventh-day Adventists), their identity, and their apocalyptic preoccupations, idiom, and paranoias. This paper examines the responses within Seventh-day Adventism to the sudden notoriety of the Branch Davidians. In so doing, it sheds new light on the Branch Davidian tragedy: …

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 …