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Asheville Forum: Michael W. Campbell

(3:00 p.m. Eastern Time Zone)

Asheville Adventist Forum: Michael W. Campbell, PhD, historian. 

Topic: "The 1919 Bible Conference and the Rise of Adventist Fundamentalism."

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The presentation will briefly introduce listeners to the importance of the 1919 Bible Conference. This pivotal meeting was a key turning point in our Adventist past in the struggle for how to interpret, and the authority, of Ellen White's writings. It contributed to increased theological polarization between so-called "progressives" versus "traditionalists." The rise of this pivotal meeting occurred against the backdrop of the Fundamentalist/Modernist controversy, with Adventists becoming increasingly infatuated with their own variety of Adventist Fundamentalism. This presentation will conclude by highlighting some of the ways that Fundamentalism impacted Adventism from 1919 up through the 1920s, along with implications for the Adventist Church today.

Speaker Bio:

Bio: Michael W. Campbell, PhD, is professor of systematic theology and religious history at Southwestern Adventist University where he has taught the past three years. He is an ordained Seventh-day Adventist minister and served for 5 ½ years as a missionary training pastors at the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies in the Philippines. He has published numerous popular and peer-reviewed journal articles about theology and religious history. He served as assistant editor of The Ellen G. White Encyclopedia (Review and Herald, 2013) and editor of The Journal of Asia Adventist Seminary (2015-2018). He is co-editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Seventh-day Adventism. His most recent book is a Pocket Dictionary for Understanding Adventism (Pacific Press, 2020). Some of his other recent books include 1919: The Untold Story of Adventism’s Struggle with Fundamentalism (2019), The Ellen White Pocket Dictionary (2018) and he is currently under contract to write a textbook on Adventist history with Eerdmans. He co-hosts the “Sabbath School Rescue” and “Adventist Pilgrimage” podcasts. He is married to Heidi who is a Ph.D. student in Early Modern History at Baylor University. They have two children, Emma (age 14) and David (age 12). Together they enjoy camping, gardening, bird watching, and Pathfinders.

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