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David Hamstra Responds to Aubyn Fulton on Religious Freedom Laws

I thank Spectrum for extending the opportunity to clarify my position with respect to Prof. Fulton’s response to my essay.  A response to a response is a convention still found in some academic symposia but rendered largely irrelevant in this medium by comment sections. Nevertheless, I think it will be useful for readers if I highlight three ways Prof. Fulton either mischaracterized my thinking or misunderstood it due incompleteness on my part.

A Framework for Balancing Competing Concerns: RFRAs and Adventists in the Public Square

Indiana's recent passsage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which provides that a state or local government action may not substantially burden a person's right to the exercise of religion—particularly, though not exclusively applied to providing services to same-sex couples

Visit To A Mosque

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[On Friday] I visited the Islamic Society of Michiana's mosque in South Bend, Indiana for Friday prayers. I was required to go for a class in world religions and, for some time, had planned to visit on this particular Friday. Given the recent Fort Hood shooting, I suspected this would be no ordinary visit.

Interview: Gary Land on the Ellen White Project

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Gary Land is one of the organizers of the Ellen White Project, a group of Adventist, ex-Adventist, and non-Adventist scholars who are preparing to publish an academic book on Ellen White.

The Top Five Lessons I Have Learned About Who Jesus Was

This concludes our series, Five Reasons Jesus. . . . To see them all, click here. -AC

The Top Five Lessons I Have Learned About Who Jesus Was

  1. It's anachronistic to classify Jesus according to our current philosophical, ideological, and denominational categories. If we must classify him, we should do it according to the time and place he lived. In that case, Jesus was a Jew.

The Top Five Reasons Jesus Was A Seventh-day Adventist

This continues our series, Five Reasons Jesus. . . . To see them all, click here. -AC

The Top Five Reasons Jesus Was A Seventh-day Adventist

  1. He taught that the Old Testament law would be relevant until the end (Matt 5:17-18).

The Top Five Reasons Jesus Was A Catholic

This continues our series, Five Reasons Jesus. . . . To see them all, click here. -AC

The Top Five Reasons Jesus Was A Catholic

  1. He gave the church his glory so his followers would be one (John 17:22).

The Top Five Reasons Jesus Was A Charismatic

The Top Five Reasons Jesus Was A Charismatic

  1. He taught his followers that they would get whatever they prayed for if they had faith (Matt 21:22).
  2. He did faith healing (Mark 10:52).

The Top Five Reasons Jesus Was A Liberal

This continues our series, Five Reasons Jesus. See the first one, The Top Five Reasons Jesus Was A Fundamentalist, here. -AC

The Top Five Reasons Jesus Was A Liberal

  • He told rich people to redistribute their wealth among the poor (Matt 19:21).

The Top Five Reasons Jesus Was A Fundamentalist

This week we are running a short series, Five Reasons Jesus. . ., created by Pastor David Hamstra. It should provoke folks to rethink some assumptions. (It has for me.) And since he includes scripture, we'd love to see commenters check out the texts cited (and helpfully linked!) to see if they and their context holds up each claim. -AC

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