The Alter-Protestants: Exploring Adventism’s Radical Identity (Part 4)

The Alter-Protestants: Exploring Adventism’s Radical Identity (Part 4)

Welcome to the final article in the Alter-Protestant series. If you have been following this series, you will understand by now that Adventism is completely rooted in historic Protestant thought, while simultaneously adopting a whole new way of viewing the story of scripture. This new way has resulted in the most complete Biblical approach to the l

The Alter-Protestants: Exploring Adventism’s Radical Identity (Part 3)

The Alter-Protestants: Exploring Adventism’s Radical Identity (Part 3)

Adventism is protestant. And yet there is something about us that makes us weird. In the previous post we identified that hardly anything Adventism believes is uniquely Adventist. So it’s not our "doctrines" that make us weird. Even the ones that we have developed and call our own are built upon foundations that are entirely non-Adventist. We did n

The Alter-Protestants: Exploring Adventism’s Radical Identity (Part 2)

The Alter-Protestants: Exploring Adventism’s Radical Identity (Part 2)

Adventism was not born in a vacuum. In other words, we are not as unique as we'd like to think we are. As I grew up in the Adventist church, many people spoke of our origins as if we somehow dropped out of the sky with all this truth no one had ever heard of before. Nicolas Miller expressed it well when he wrote, "Some Adventists appear to believe

The Alter-Protestants: Exploring Adventism’s Radical Identity (Part 1)

The Alter-Protestants: Exploring Adventism’s Radical Identity (Part 1)

A couple of years ago, I ran into an article that was summarizing a talk given by an official in the church. Although I have since forgotten where the article was located, there is one thing I have not forgotten—the boiling sense of irritation I felt as I read a quote from this official complaining about the rising trend within Adventism to make ou