Rich Hannon

The Creation/Evolution False Dilemma

Recently, an evangelical Christian organization called “The Truth Project” released a film in the U.S. titled Is Genesis History? It had a one-night screening on February 23rd, in various theaters around the country, with a few follow-up showings more recently.

Soft Tissue, Equivocation and Religious Necessity

In the summer of 2003, a remarkably well-preserved T-Rex specimen was unearthed in the Hell Creek Formation in Montana. A small team of researchers, led by Mary Schweitzer, took a piece of its femur, dissolved away the outer mineral matrix and were greatly surprised to find structural remains of blood vessels – hollow and flexible.

Surface Thinking and Moral Justifications

The church has been struggling with various doctrinal hot-button issues for many years now. Most notable are these: Women's Ordination, Homosexuality, and Science/Religion (frequently expressed in the Age-of-the-Earth controversy). I have been an interested observer for multiple reasons, but one is to think about the types and quality of arguments that get employed in service of someone's position.

Such a Time: 2016 Pacific Union Conference Constituency Session

The 30th quinquennial constituency session for the Pacific Union Conference (PUC) was held on Sunday evening and Monday morning, August 28-29 2016, in Scottsdale Arizona.

Evil – A Primer

evil [ē-vəl] (n., adj., adv.):

1.       morally wrong or bad;  wicked.

2.       harm due to actual or imputed bad conduct or character.

3.       anything causing injury, harm, misfortune or suffering.

On Ignorance

One of the most insightful stories from antiquity is found in Plato’s “The Apology” (20c-24e). Here Socrates, at his trial, gives an account of how he developed a reputation for wisdom. It began, he relates, when his friend Chaerephon asked the Oracle of Delphi if there was anyone wiser than Socrates – and was told that no one was.

Even at the Door?

President Ted Wilson, in his inaugural sermon in Atlanta/2010, said the following:

From Vote to World View

In the aftermath of San Antonio’s Women’s Ordination (WO) “No vote” there has been, unsurprisingly, considerable reaction. Emotion, speculation, criticism, defense—words have spilled out in prodigious quantity. Almost everything I have read concentrates on specific context, that is: women, ordination and church governance. Some attempts have been made to propose underlying rationale—mostly relating to cultural effects on the delegates’ mindset.

The Attraction of Self-Deception

When I was growing up in the church there were various expressions used by Adventists for self-definition. Two common ones were “people of the Book” and “we have the Truth”. Over the course of my (now somewhat lengthy) adulthood I’ve concluded these two phrases intersect in the understanding of those using them. “Truth” was mostly intended as a label for correct Biblical doctrine. Thus such truths would be more applicable to answering a religious question in the American game show Jeopardy than something embedded deeply in one’s ethics.

Editorial: Adventist Identity Angst

The recent, newly formatted issue of the Adventist Review[1] focuses on the question “Am I an Adventist?” Bill Knott’s editorial rightly notes that asking this can be uncomfortable, writing: “The question, with its open-endedness and call for self-examination, seems, well, un-Adventist.” That insight resonates with me because I have seen that reaction before – notably when someone raised questions about whether a belief we have always assumed was true perhaps ought to be reconsidered.

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