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A Discussion about Adventism on ‘Interfaith Voices’

Late last month, Rev. Mark Schaefer, instructor and United Methodist chaplain at American University, and David Trim, director of Archives, Statistics, and Research at the Seventh-day Adventist World Headquarters discussed Adventist history on the Washington DC-based WVTF Interfaith Voices radio show. In this thoughtful 26-minute conversation they also get into Adventist world mission and the interpretation of apocalyptic literature.

“In 1844, a religious movement called the Millerites predicted that Jesus would return on October 22nd of that year. The day came to be known as ‘The Great Disappointment.’ Nearly twenty years later, a break-away Millerite founded the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Although they’ve been waiting 150 years, the Adventists still believe the apocalypse is imminent. But they’ve learned their lesson: only God knows the true date.”

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