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Essays in Honour of Dr. Norman H. Young

Edited By Kayle B. de Waal and Robert K. McIver

In honour of the work and legacy of Norman H. Young, this compilation of essays covers a range of topics on the Old Testament, New Testament, mission, sociology of religion, identity, and church history. The Old Testament essays include typological readings of Esther, the goodness of God, and the centrality of the cross in understanding all of Scripture. The New Testament essays reflect research in the Gospel of Matthew, the Epistle to the Hebrews, and the book of Revelation, offering new insight into the interpretation of the Apocalypse. Additional essays provide focus on mission, identity, and sociology of religion. This cutting-edge collection breaks fresh ground in research and analysis, bringing the latest scholarship to bear on each chosen topic.
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Seventh-day Adventist—Identity Doctrine and Deed: Straddling Two Worlds

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RICK FERRET

Avondale Seminary

Throughout the history of the Christian Church, believers have found it hard to accept this double-edged sword—that true religion clings to the old that proves to be truth but reaches out also for new, more appropriate understandings.1

If you approached a Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) from any region of the world and enquired as to what constitutes or defines their religious identity, it would be fair to suggest that the majority would frame their response in relation to their theological beliefs. For example, “I believe in the seventh-day Sabbath and the soon coming, literal return of Jesus Christ to earth,” both teachings which are inherent in the name “Seventh-day Adventist.” It would be of interest if any Adventists would respond by declaring that their church is a constantly developing multi-national movement with significant organizational and institutional (educational, medical, publishing, health foods etc) structures that appear to be succeeding quite well in today’s societies, yet would appear very foreign to their pioneers, all of which deserves further analysis.

The global SDA church of today is a far cry from the fledgling movement formally organized in North America in 1863. The church is one of the fastest growing religious movements witnessing a 7% p.a growth rate in some regions. While statistics provide only a limited perspective they do offer an insight into the ever increasing SDA membership that has grown from a few thousand in the 1860s to...

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