• Adventist Orthodoxy Codified: The Fundamental Beliefs of 1931

    Author(s):
    Stefan Höschele
    Editor(s):
    Tom de Bruin (see profile)
    Date:
    2021
    Group(s):
    Spes Christiana (journal)
    Subject(s):
    Theology, Doctrinal, History, Theology
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Adventist, dogma, Historical theology
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/6gcm-z389
    Abstract:
    This is the first scholarly article to focus exclusively on the Adventist Fundamental Beliefs of 1931. Although this text is largely forgotten today, it played an important role in the self-expression of Adventist orthodoxy in the middle part of the 20th century. Its swift genesis and, subsequently, significant rise in importance demonstrates that the denomination’s leaders at the time were in need of precisely such a tool of self-presentation and self-assurance and that they felt little discomfort with a move that actually ran contrary to the anticredal mood of 19th century Adventists. Theologically, the 1931 statement reconfigured Adventist beliefs as (1) squarely fitting in with the conservative strand of Protestantism at its time, including trinitarian orthodoxy, (2) implying continuity with most (but not all) key tenets of the movement in the 19th century, (3) strongly oriented towards matters of Christian lifestyle, and (4) containing a kind of upgraded sanctuary theology, which overhauled earlier expressions but retained the crucial elements of Adventist peculiarity in an environment where these were heavily contested.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    10 months ago
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