Book Review: Ellen White’s Afterlife: Delightful Fictions, Troubling Facts, Enlightening Research

Book Review: Ellen White’s Afterlife: Delightful Fictions, Troubling Facts, Enlightening Research

Knight’s writing contribution to this book consists primarily of some sixty pages. Don’t be misled, though; those sixty pages make it worth the purchase. Few authors can pull that off, but… it’s George Knight. These have been some of the most enlightening words I’ve read in the last decade, and I have been studying in academia for even longer than

Book Review: 1919: The Untold Story of Adventism’s Struggle with Fundamentalism

Book Review: 1919: The Untold Story of Adventism’s Struggle with Fundamentalism

I read this book in one breath. Not only because it is relatively short and well written, but because it is filled with historical research that helps contextualize a major challenge of our church: biblical interpretation. If you think our hermeneutical struggles are recent, you may be surprised to discover that some core dissensions go at least on

Adventism 202, Part 3: Searching for God’s “John Hancock” in the Bible

Adventism 202, Part 3: Searching for God’s “John Hancock” in the Bible

In the previous article, I proposed that one of the major problems in Adventism today is a lack of deep understanding of our doctrines as a holistic system. Many Adventists seem to think that our teachings are simply a list of beliefs (the 28 Fundamentals). Furthermore, because many Adventists do not have a systematic understanding of our doctrines

Scholars Converge on Andrews University to Explore the Composition of the Pentateuch

Scholars Converge on Andrews University to Explore the Composition of the Pentateuch

“Hey, Scottie,” Kenneth Bergland called, “Filipe [Masotti] and myself are trying to get Ph.D. students together with a wide background of interests and specialties to begin a study group that has an interdisciplinary approach. We are thinking of studying the Pentateuch. We would like some archaeology students. Are you interested?” I was. And so beg

Can Prophets Make Mistakes?

Can Prophets Make Mistakes?

In conveying His message, God uses not only human beings but also human language. And both are imperfect. How do these imperfect vehicles affect God's perfect message? 1. An Imperfect Messenger The fact that prophets were called "holy men of God" (2 Peter 1:21)* neither means they were sinless nor prevents us from recognizing their weaknesses as hu