Friday, February 22, 2008

Questions on Doctrine

Chances are, you don't know much about the "most divisive book in Seventh-day Adventist history." Two nights ago, when I asked my Prayer Meeting attendees - all fourteen or so of them - if they had heard of the Questions on Doctrine issue, only three or four of them raised their hands - ever so tentatively. And none of these people were under 30, either. (Admittedly, a number of the people in the group have joined the church a little later on in life, so that may have something to do with it.)

But this is an important issue, and a Conference was held at Andrews University this past October, discussing the history and issues involved 50 years later.

I would strongly urge you to surf on over to and listen to some of the presentations. In particular, the presentations by George Knight (which you can listen to by clicking here) and Herbert Douglass (click here) are extremely informative and enlightening.

It would be extremely beneficial to familiarize yourself with the issues. It helps a person understand how we got where we are in the current landscape of Adventism. We did not arrive here in a vacuum, and unless we understand our history, we will have no idea where we are going. As someone has suggested: we do not study history to understand the past, but to understand the future.

*Just a word of warning: The above audio files are very big files because the people who posted them did not convert them to a lower bit rate, thus causing each presentation to be well over 100 MB each.


holamickey said...

Thanks for the reminder and link - I have been thinking to listen to some of those presentations.

Happy Sabbath.

Johnny Workentine said...

Good doctrine is so important:

Shawn Brace said...

Hope you find some of the presentations helpful. I can e-mail you a couple of them that I downsized, thus making them much smaller in size. Just let me know, MichEal.

Bulworth said...

Although I grew up SDA and attended SDA schools all through the first two years at Andrews University, I only became aware of this book and the various controversies associated with it when I was in my mid-twenties and had started attending a church a friend of mine recommended, which turned out to be a conservative "historic" SDA church in northwestern NJ. They were a great community by the way.

I've continued to keep up with some of these issues and enjoyed reading the various presentations from the range of speakers who attended the conference. Had momentarily thought of attending myself but living in the Washington, DC area, ultimately decided to pass on the travel.