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Asheville Forum: Jonathan Butler

Asheville Adventist Forum: Jonathan Butler


Please note that this meeting of the Asheville Adventist Forum will be held via Zoom. If you wish to be part of this meeting, please send an email saying so to Connie at by the night of Wednesday, November 18, 2020. She will send you the password and link that you will need to log into the meeting. Please log in a few minutes before starting time. If you have friends who would be interested in this topic and whom you wish to introduce to the Forum chapter, please send their names and email addresses to Connie. It is likely that we will have some people attending from far and wide, which makes Zoom meetings so interesting.

Date & Time:

Sabbath, November 21, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern


“QAnon: The Anatomy of a Conspiracy Theory”

 In "QAnon: The Anatomy of a Conspiracy Theory," Dr. Butler discusses a bizarre and alarming belief system which is taking America by storm. QAnon has made its way to the highest echelons of political life in the United States. Dr. Butler explores the long and sordid history of conspiracy theories in American life. Adventists, too, embrace their own conspiracy theory at the heart of their eschatology. What, then, do Americans learn about themselves by studying QAnon? Moreover, what is there for Adventists to learn by comparisons and contrasts to QAnon?

Speaker Biography:

Jonathan Butler obtained a Ph.D. in church history from the University of Chicago (1975) and authored Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling: Heaven and Hell in American Revivalism, 1870-1920 (1991). Most of his scholarly publications, however, have focused on Millerism and Adventism, including a groundbreaking essay on "The World of E.G. White and the End of the World," Spectrum (1979). He also co-edited (with Ronald Numbers) The Disappointed: Millerism and Millenarianism in the Nineteenth Century (1987).


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