Alexander Carpenter

AI, Consciousness, God - The Future

OK, for those of you tired of all the political discourse of late, here's two really smart guys, Eliezer Yudkowsky (Singularity Institute, Overcoming Bias) and Jaron Lanier (Berkeley, Microsoft) discussing metaphysics and intelligence.

The Happy Sabbath Project - Join In


Wow, what an intense week. Less than one hundred hours to election day. Finally. And then there is a General Conference election to think about. . .

I'm ready for another vacation, and am so thankful for the Sabbath right now.

Did you know that this new site launched on Nov. 19? That means this new incarnation of Spectrum is almost a year old!

Come Thanksgiving Day, we've got some institutional things for which to be thankful.

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The 8 Controversy: Mega Update


In preparation for church chats and Sabbath afternoon conversations on what has turned out to be a pretty hot topic in Adventism, particularly in California, here's a roundup of what's been happening.

Happy Reformation Day: Read the 95 Theses



OCTOBER 31, 1517

Out of love for the truth and the desire to bring it to light, the following propositions will be discussed at Wittenberg, under the presidency of the Reverend Father Martin Luther, Master of Arts and of Sacred Theology, and Lecturer in Ordinary on the same at that place. Wherefore he requests that those who are unable to be present and debate orally with us, may do so by letter.

In the Name our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

LLU gives big bucks to pass Prop. 3


From Inside Socal, Jason Pesick reports:

Loma Linda University normally doesn't get involved in political issues or elections. As an institution of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, it doesn't want to blur the lines separating church and state.

Proposition 3 on the Nov. 4 ballot is an exception.

The $980 million bond measure would help improve children's hospitals in California.

Jere Patzer Passes Away - Updated: Memorial Info


From the North Pacific Union Conference:

(Update 10-28-08, see Memorial Service info below)

With deep sadness we share the news that Jere D. Patzer, North Pacific Union Conference president since 1996, passed away late Sunday evening, October 26, after a long battle with
non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He was 61.

Young Adventist Kenyan-Americans: Active for Obama


The Kenyan Daily Nation Sunday edition visits a Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jersey City, New Jersey.

It looks like a typical storefront in a poor and black-dominated part of any large US city.
Entering the Community Services Centre of the Beth-El Seventh Day Adventist Church last Saturday afternoon, the Nation team was in for a cultural shock.

Next Events at the San Diego Forum

I just got my San Diego Adventist Forum newsletter. Here's what's coming up next. If you're in the area, you might consider stopping by - it's always a good crowd.

November 8 - Jon Paulien, Ph.D.
The Open Remnant: A Biblical and Historical Vision

January 10 - Ivan Blazen Ph.D.
Biblical Texts and Homosexual Practices

February 14 - Gerry Chudleigh
Frameworks that Fail: What's Holding up Your $DA House?

March 14 - Doug Clark, Ph.D.
The Dead Sea Scrolls and Adventism: What's the Importance? What's the Impact?

April 11 - Beatriz Krumbein
Art and Spirituality

Video| Adventist News

  • A South Australian Church doubles its membership in 12 months and runs out of space;
  • Melbourne businessman and his church raise funds and rebuild a medical clinic in the Solomon Islands;
  • ADRA Australia celebrates 25 years with a church service in Sydney;
  • Rejoicing at the General Conference annual meetings in Manilla, Philippines as the church grows to 16 million but express concern over how few read their Bibles regularly;

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