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Bringing the Real World to Genesis: Negotiating the Creation-Evolution Wars

Many readers are likely somewhat familiar with Fritz Guy’s thinking regarding Genesis One, with some of this having been developed in recent years through books and articles available to Spectrum readers. It is his belief that a literal reading of Genesis is mistaken, and those inclined to take this approach, if consistent, must deal with the literal definition of “firmament,” for example, intended by the ancient author of Genesis as a concept that even most biblical literalists will recognize to be problematic.

Three Angles News - Adventists Support World No Tobacco Day

1. “Raising Tobacco Taxes” is the motto for this year's World No Tobacco Day, sponsored by the World Health Organization.

Report from Union College: Local Literary Wonders

Seven desks drawn into a circle, tea brewing in the background and books pulled out of every backpack.

Silences in Our Texts: A Response to the Sexual Practices Guideline

Seventh-day Adventists are a textual people.

My Church Doesn't Care About Me

There is something frightfully wrong with the Seventh-day Adventist church today — a problem that has pervaded most religious organizations around the world. If not dealt with, it can take away all of the good that the SDA church has done in the world. The problem is this: My church doesn’t care about me.

Ignition! Donor Lights a Big Match

It just became easier for you to help us close the remaining $32,000 gap for us to raise $250,000 for this year’s annual fundraising campaign.

Wishing to inspire more financial support for Spectrum, a longtime supporter has pledged to match up to 10 contributions of $1000 each made by June 30. This creates the possibility for us to receive a surge of $20,000 from this match challenge. Do you like doubling your money or return?  Here’s the perfect chance.

Innovate, Innovate, Innovate: The Review & Herald and the Dilemma of Adventist Publishing

Adventist publishing: When the church praises it, it’s a ministry. When the church critiques it, it’s a business.

Of course, it’s both. And it needs wholesale reinvention.

Adventism and Fundamentalism Cannot Thrive Together

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.

Three Angles News - New CEO at Loma Linda

1. An interim CEO has been named for Loma Linda University Medical Center. Kerry Heinrich will oversee the six hospitals that make up the Medical Center while a permanent replacement for Ruthita Fike, who resigned, is found.

Caring for Words: Cherish Silence

This is the last installment of our "Caring for Words" book club. Thank you so much to all the writers, discussers, and readers who participated, and may God help us all to be excellent stewards of the gift of language.

Final Reflections from Friedensau: What Have We Learned?

By Thursday lunchtime last week, the 19 men at Friedensau Adventist University had told their stories of the various responses of the Seventh-day Church to the First World War and looked at the effects of the war on the church.

War, Virtue and the Quest for a New Adventism

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

New President Named at Union College

Union College has hired its first woman president. Dr. Vinita Sauder replaces John Wagner, retiring this summer.

Viewpoint: A Crisis of Leadership at Washington Adventist University

President of Washington Adventist University Weymouth Spence and Provost Cheryl Kisunzu recently announced that four faculty are being laid off because of budget constraints. Dr. Susan Comilang, chair of the English Department, Joseph Tobing, assistant professor of Computer Science, Dr.

Unprecedented Meeting Examines Church’s Missional Structure

Today the North American Division published this report about its meetings this week.

Viewpoint: A Response to the Adventist Review on the NFL's First Openly Gay Player

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.

Bringing the Real World to Genesis: The Friendship of Science and Religion

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.

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