Tom de Bruin deposited Denis Kaiser. Trust and Doubt: Perceptions of Divine Inspiration in Seventh-day Adventist History. Schriften der Forschung. Historische Theologie 3. St. Peter am Hart: Seminar Schloss Bogenhofen, 2019. 453 pp. Hard cover: 29,90€. PDF: 26,90€. (review) in the group Spes Christiana (journal) on Humanities Commons 1 year, 7 months ago
This published version of Denis Kaiser’s Ph.D.-dissertation is a comprehensive treatment of what the subtitle promises: A thorough analysis of the understanding of divine inspiration in early Seventh-day Adventist history, mainly during the 50 years from 1880 to 1930. The author compiled material from many years of research, collecting even numerous hitherto unexamined primary sources from archives outside of the SDA library network. Among these, for instance, articles of the United Methodist Church on Ellen G. White, authored by Dudley M. Canright, or early Adventist periodicals like the Hope of Israel from the General Conference of the Church of God (Seventh Day), a SDA faction of the 1860s, containing articles denigrating Ellen White’s prophetic ministry. Besides these unpublished sources Kaiser went through more than 50 published primary serials and 210 primary books and pamphlets of the time under investigation, including 54 works of Ellen G. White. This vast amount of primary material is complemented by about 95 secondary works and 21 secondary journals. Needless to say, in consequence, the book is built on a broad and stable foundation of footnotes backing up the historical and theological analysis given throughout the book.