Tom de Bruin deposited Stefan Höschele and Chigemezi N. Wogu, eds. Contours of European Adventism: Issues in the History of the Denomination on the Old Continent. (review) in the group Spes Christiana (journal) on Humanities Commons 1 year, 1 month ago
This book of 398 pages is a collection of papers presented at the Third International Symposium of the Institute of Adventist Studies at Friedensau Adventist University, held on April 23‒26, 2018. The book, published in 2020, gives a rich tour d’horizon of Adventist life on the European continent. In the global Adventist village, there might be only two Europeans out of a hundred, but if there were something like a “quality-index,” the score of European Adventism would be higher. And the strength of this volume is its eye-opening extensive presentation of the quality of theology, history, practice, faithfulness and creativity against all odds of the European Adventist church. The worldwide Adventist Church has allotted three divisions (of their global total of 13) to Europe. And although these divisions have their place administratively, it also really creates divisiveness. As an Adventist living in the Netherlands and therefore being part of the Trans-European Division (TED), there is not only a state-border with our eastern neighbour Germany, but churchwise as well since Germany is part of the Inter-Europe Division (EUD). This administrative structure also creates barriers between me and other European countries, such as Romania and Russia (which are part of the Euro-Asia Division ‒ ESD).