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January 24, 2008
Vol. 185, No. 3
GENERAL COMMENTS: This issue is worth reading from cover to cover; the Kenneth Wood piece is outstanding. But God as a bacterium?
LETTERS: These letters are uniformly thoughtful and interesting.
GIRL POWER: Kimberly Luste Maran's editorial is a little preachy, but she does mention the Spice Girls and Victoria's Secret, a first for the Review. A little risky but cool!
Let me preface this review with the following caution: If yours is an unshakable belief that the Bible is literally the word of God, read no further. If it's your belief that you are putting your soul in jeopardy by reading “heresy” as defined by the 28 fundamental doctrines of the Adventist church, read no further. If you believe that Ellen White's Biblical commentary will resolve any questions that might occur to you as you read the stories and history and poetry and wisdom literature and drama and prophecies and apocalyptic chapters in the biblical record, read no further.
Why is it so hard for Adventists to achieve theological consensus when it comes to deciding what to do when presented with old problems in new settings? Is it that we make decisions based primarily on “prior emotional commitments” rather than a careful review of the evidence? And is the language we use an inadequate vehicle for solving problems? Chris Mooney and a Franciscan monk suggest that both make civil discourse difficult.
On May 4-8, the Seventh-day Adventist satellite network HOPE TV ran a live series attacking evolutionary theory and promoting a literal reading of Genesis. It was broadcast live from Tennessee as one of several evangelism events that are building toward a huge reaping televised evangelistic campaign—Prophecies Decoded—beginning this fall.
January 13, 2011 - Vol. 188, No. 1 This issue is pretty standard stuff with the exception of one MUST READ story. It’s I JUST WANTED TO VOLUNTEER by volunteer hospital chaplain, Dixil Rodriguez. The writing is superb, and her account of what happened at 2:00 am in a hospital emergency room will both move you to tears and make you proud to call yourself a follower of Christ. My critical comment regarding WE’RE ALL ONE ARMY will appear at the end of the review.
January, 2011 - Vol. 7, No. 1
If you are caught up in the Ted Wilson inspired, “revival and reformation” prescription for the Laodicean ills of the Adventist Church, this issue is designed to increase your fervor. If you are convinced that the Latter Rain and the Second Coming are imminent, this issue will get you ready. If you are tired of the hype and fear mongering and pious posturing, give this review a miss and write out a generous check to ADRA or a local charity.
Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for America's Soul by Edward Humes (Harper Collins Publishers, 2007), recounts the battle between creationists and evolutionists that was fought in the town of Dover, Pennsylvania. As with most wars, it began with a skirmish. The school board attempted to introduce Intelligent Design (ID) into the ninth grade science curriculum. The science teachers refused.
On the surface, this issue is just another "good old Review". But there are some surprises for the critical reader. TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY EDUCATION by Eric Anderson is timely and thought provoking, TERM LIMITS by Roy Adams is evenhanded and informative, and Cliff Goldstein's PAUL THE OCTOPUS is a critique of creation science!
WORLD NEWS AND PERSPECTIVES
Mexican drug violence mistakenly claims the lives of Jose Ines Martinez, 18, and his sister Maribel, 26. Witness heard the shooters say they shot the wrong people.
October 14, 2010 - Vol. 187, No. 33
This issue has earned an above average rating. There are four mildly critical letters to the editors, Roy Adams says goodbye, and Loren Seibold and Fredrick A. Russell have contributed MUST READ editorials. The Norma Nashed story is also a MUST READ.
The cover feature, "Grace, Free Will, and Judgment" by Whidden was a disappointment as was "How to Read Stories, Rituals, Laws, and Poems in the Pentateuch" by Klingbeil. More about that later.
WORLD NEWS AND PERSPECTIVES
This October issue has an extended CHURCH WORKS section that includes: