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Summer Reading Group: “Equality After Nietzsche”

This is the fourth post in a seven-part series for Spectrum’s 2017 Summer Reading Group. Each post will be drawn from chapters of the book Humanism and the Death of God by Ronald E. Osborn.

Summer Reading Group: “Globalization and the Challenge of Religions”

This is the second post in a seven-part series for Spectrum

Viewpoint: Does Speaking Christian Still Mean Something?

Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God.”--1st Peter 4:11

The Peace of Christ or the Peace of the World

The following is a manuscript of a sermon given at the Hollywood Seventh-day Adventist Church on May 30, 2015, as that congregation celebrated its Annual Peace Sabbath. -Ed.

The Unity of Salvation and Human Well-being

After becoming an Adventist in high school, I struggled to understand the precise relationship between salvation and liberation, grace and human wellbeing in the Christian gospel. No matter which church I attended, I was repeatedly told that, unlike other churches, Adventists reject the dualistic understanding of mind and body, spirit and matter. “Adventists have a holistic understanding of human beings,” many pastors insisted. Why else would they tell us to rest on Sabbath and become vegetarians? This is what I have always appreciated about the Adventist Church.

No, It’s Not About Your Personal Relationship with Jesus!

So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. — Romans 12:5

Constantinian, Colonial Adventism

Colonialism is not simply a form of physical or political domination. As Edward Said and Frantz Fanon point out, its tentacles also extend to culture and the subjectivity of the colonized (1).

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