The founders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church wanted the freedom to study the Scriptures for themselves, and to follow the Bible wherever it would lead them. “Why should we end the reformation with Martin Luther, John Calvin, Menno Simons, Thomas Cranmer, or John Wesley?” was the sentiment among our pioneers.
The last day of the conference at Friedensau Adventist University,“The Impact of World War I on Seventh-day Adventists,” was a half-day, with qu
In this month’s Adventist Review, Jimmy Phillips writes about the NFL’s draft – specifically on the historical moment of the first openly gay player (Michael Sam) being drafted. Using Sam as a straw man, Phillips uses “scare quotes” to describe Michael’s coming out.
Perhaps no other hard science is so closely linked to theology than is physics, for it has a lot to say about the formation of the universe as we know it, as well as significant data about how the solar system formed. It is interesting to retrospectively consider the evolution of scientific thinking over the past century, with the old view being that the universe had always been here, However, with the discovery of physical data strongly suggesting that the universe, as we know it, had a beginning, a revolution of thinking occurred.
For the last 24 hours I have been listening to Seventh-day Adventist scholars telling the story of their church’s attitude to and participation in war. Between them, they have told an amazingly moving and varied story – a story which, like all good stories, raises profound questions about Seventh-day Adventists, the God they worship and the faith and spirituality they practice.
“Hope is the mark of our Christian existence,” said Bernhard Oesterich. But does authentic hope involve accurate prediction concerning end-time chronology? Does authentic hope come down to information — a “message” about what happens next, and when and where, ingeniously derived from Scripture’s apocalyptic material?