• Resisting “Neo-Adventism”: Tensions between Seventh-day Adventist Traditionalists and “Progressives” – 1966–1979

    Author(s):
    GIlbert Valentine
    Editor(s):
    Tom de Bruin (see profile)
    Date:
    2022
    Group(s):
    Spes Christiana (journal)
    Subject(s):
    Seventh-Day Adventists
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/z5v2-ec45
    Abstract:
    During Robert Pierson’s leadership of the Seventh-day Adventist Church as General Conference President from 1966-1979 the church experienced theological turmoil in a struggle between traditionalist and progressive perspectives. Pierson perceived a major threat to the conservatism of the church in the form of “creeping liberalism.” In his struggle to “keep the church on a conservative track” he adopted various strategies of protest and resistance. Theological and biblical scholars in the denomination’s two universities in California and Michigan served as change agents in advocating the necessity of more progressive views in the light of new knowledge. They too adopted strategies of protest and resistance. The paper ex-amines this period of turmoil in the Adventist Church against a wider background of similar struggles in other traditions such as the Southern Baptists and Lutherans, with a view to better under-stand the tensions in theological change and development.
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    Scheduled
    Last Updated:
    2 months ago
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