The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment, Part 5: Reteaching the Judgment

The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment, Part 5: Reteaching the Judgment

“Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.” — Victor Frankl   In the previous article, I introduced a possible reframing of the Pre-Advent Investigative Judgment (PAIJ). This reframe provides relevance by interacting with the universal primary idea of suffering through a simple explanatory mechanic that in turn

The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment, Part 4: Reframing the Judgment

The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment, Part 4: Reframing the Judgment

“The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.” — Friedrich Nietzsche Welcome to the most anticipated article in “The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment” series. Up to this point, we have merely explored the empirical death of the landmark Adv

The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment, Part 3: What Makes a Thing Matter?

The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment, Part 3: What Makes a Thing Matter?

In the first article of this series we explored the decaying contemporary milieu of the Pre-Advent Investigative Judgment (PAIJ). In the second installment we dove into Adventism’s collective failure to extrapolate world-changing potential from the doctrine, resulting in its practical, on-the-ground demise. Consequently, the doctrine lacks relevanc

The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment, Part 2: Why the Pre-Advent Investigative Judgment Doesn’t Matter

The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment, Part 2: Why the Pre-Advent Investigative Judgment Doesn’t Matter

The saddest thing that could have happened to us, will be the saddest thing that could happen to us, and that is to become irrelevant. ― S. H. Khan Welcome back to part two of the series, “The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment”. In the introduction, I asked the overarching question, “Does the Investigative Judgment Matter?” in which I

The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment, Part 1: Does the Investigative Judgment Matter?

The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment, Part 1: Does the Investigative Judgment Matter?

The Investigative Judgement—A Personal Experience Experience has shown, and a true philosophy will always show, that a vast, perhaps the larger, portion of truth arises from the seemingly irrelevant. ― Edgar Allan Poe, The Mystery of Marie Rogêt Every time Don Leatherman spoke, I found time stood still almost as if my consciousness was transplanted

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