The Rise of Global Christianity (Part 2)

The Rise of Global Christianity (Part 2)

What is the relevance of all of the above for Seventh-day Adventists? There are several possible ways of answering this question. Foremost among such responses is that American Adventists and Catholics closely share an important corporate identity marker that is somewhat unusual in the religious world for large ecclesiastically united religious gro

The Rise of Global Christianity (Part 1)

The Rise of Global Christianity (Part 1)

There is a unique relationship between religion and politics in America with significant implications for the corporate identity of Seventh-day Adventism that continually places us at risk of becoming “entangled” in the web of socio-political ideologies. Why does an individual identify with, and maintain membership in, a particular Christian (or ot

Ellen White on Interfaith Relations

Ellen White on Interfaith Relations

God's People in Every Church The Lord has His representatives in all the churches. These persons have not had the special testing truths for these last days presented to them under circumstances that brought conviction to heart and mind; therefore they have not, by rejecting light, severed their connection with God. Many there are who have faithful

Pope Francis’s Growing Global Influence

Pope Francis’s Growing Global Influence

Today, Sept. 24, 2015, will go down in the annals of history as the day the tide shifted. Never in the history of the Republic has a pope or any other religious leader addressed a joint session of the U.S. Congress. In his approximately 50-minute speech, Pope Francis moved many members of Congress to tears as he invoked the need to listen to the “v

Infographic: Pope Francis Visits the United States

Infographic: Pope Francis Visits the United States

Pope Francis will make an “apostolic journey” to the United States Sept. 22-27, where he will become the first pope to address a joint session of Congress. The infographic below highlights key events on the papal itinerary. Seventh-day Adventists, who see prophetic significance in the pope’s increasing influence over world affairs, have planned sev

Fragmenting American Protestantism and the Rise of Catholicism

Fragmenting American Protestantism and the Rise of Catholicism

Since the founding of the republic, America has been seen as a Protestant nation. From the first immigrants to arrive on the shores of this country to the constitution that defined and made this nation great—it was a country under God. Commenting on the greatness of America, Alexis de Tocqueville, the French political writer, is famously known to h

Pope Francis, Catholicism, and the American Political Landscape

Pope Francis, Catholicism, and the American Political Landscape

According to the Pew Research Center, more than 78 percent of Americans have a positive view of the current pope. It is no surprise that ever since the House Speaker, John Boehner, announced Pope Francis’s agreement to speak to a joint U.S. Congress on Sept. 24, 2015, there seems to be a “Francis Effect” taking place both in U.S. politics and among

Pope Francis Brokers Deal Between the U.S. and Cuba

Pope Francis Brokers Deal Between the U.S. and Cuba

In a historic move, the U.S. and Cuba have agreed to bridge the 50-year old divide between the countries and restore full diplomatic relations. The key figure in this deal was the Vatican. According to the NYTimes, [Pope] Francis is being credited for helping bridge the divide by first sending letters to President Obama and President Raúl Castro of