H. Thomas Goodwin
"How do we account for the strange, extinct creatures of long ago in light of the biblical creation narratives? What do the fossils tell us about God's work of creation? Questions such as these encourage us to explore the ways that Adventist beliefs and biological knowledge inform, interact, and sometimes challenge each other, and that is the task of this book."
Thus states H. Thomas Goodwin in this fourth volume of the Faith and Learning series, co-sponsored by the Center for College Faith at Andrews University and the Department of Education of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Contributing authors examine a variety of evidence, addressing issues of biology in light of a biblical worldview. This book invites readers to explore the connections between scientific investigation and the beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Authors go beyond the creation-evolution debate to interact with such subjects as the fossil record, ecology and stewardship, the biology of human nature, and the human genome.
Larry G. Herr, Douglas R. Clark, Lawrence T. Geraty, Oystein S. LaBianca, and Randall W. Younker
This volume reports on the 1996 and 1998 seasons of the excavations at Tall al-‘Umayri and vicinity conducted by a consortium of colleges and universities principally sponsored by Andrews University.
Beyond Beliefs: What Millenial Young Adults Really Think of the 28 Beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church
Paul B. Petersen, Jan A. Sigvartsen, and Leanne M. Sigvartsen
Significant effort, financial resources, and study have been given to retaining Millennial youth within church denominations, however, most of these studies have focused merely on attitudes towards sociocultural and general religious topics. Very few denominations have specifically investigated how young adult members feel about the official beliefs or doctrines of their church organization, or if they even know what they are. This is understandable given the potential answers young adults may provide and that it is often difficult for religious denominations to change their official beliefs. The Beyond Beliefs study is a major research project that wishes to identify how young adults really feel about each and every one of the 28 Beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church as well as a range of other sociocultural issues related to their faith. This denomination has 28 beliefs that are shared by many other Christian faiths making this research relevant not only to Seventh-day Adventists, but also a range of other denominations. The Beyond Beliefs study wanted to specifically determine if young adults like or dislike these beliefs, if they believe they are important or not important, and if they feel these beliefs are relevant or irrelevant. It identified multiple themes for each belief that resonated with Millennial young adults and determined areas where the belief was succeeding and where it could be strengthened. This is a book no minister, parent, grandparent, or educator of Millennial young adults should be without.
Brian E. Strayer
"The Pharisees showed off their goodness by praying in synonyms" . . . "The fourteenth century was an unpleasant era to be alive in, much less dead in" . . . "The Vaccuum is a large empty space where the popes live in Rome" . . .
This is the history you never learned in school (or maybe you did).
Art Linkletter once noted that small children often mix fantasy and reality, making their views of everyday life wildly askew. But when the Baby Boomers and Generation Xers entered college, they were still mixing fantasy and reality, as their history and English essays demonstrated in a fractured, fictionalized, hilarious interpretation of events.
Here are gems uncut and unpolished, straight from the pens of freshmen and sophomores trying desperately to make some sense out of the past. If these bloopers prove nothing else, they demonstrate that Art Linkletter's "little kids" still say "the darndest things" when faced with college history exams . . .
The book is a memoir of growing up in physical and social isolation stemming from a one-family, cult-like version of extreme religion, yet shaking free from family dysfunction and spiritual abuse to develop a wholesome life grounded in faith.
Though born in 1965, Rachel’s story could easily have been set in the 1800s. Wearing long dresses and broad-brimmed bonnets and living without modern conveniences including electricity, telephone, radio, television, or indoor plumbing, she and her two older brothers were shaped by the extreme religious views of her iron-willed, Vietnam-veteran father and malleable, practical-minded mother. The family separated from society and lived under often harsh conditions in an old, abandoned house atop a remote range of hills in Tennessee, awaiting the end of the world. Then at 16, Rachel was forced to face the world in which she was not raised to live. She struggled to adjust to an unsheltered life without casting aside the good along with the bad. Eventually she found her way to a full, balanced, and vibrant life. Rachel shares an amazing story that ultimately testifies of God’s faithful and restorative loving care.
Paul B. Petersen and Robert K. McIver
The word ’trinity’ is not in the Bible. The expression of the doctrine was developed over a long period and finalized only in the fourth century. Many Christians who want to be biblical have questioned the official church doctrine on the Godhead. The following collection of articles from a a Seventh day Adventist conference in Sydney emphasizes, however, that the concept of the trinity is thoroughly biblical. The book covers a variety of aspects of the discussion of the doctrine, both biblical, historical, and theological, such as the trinity in the gospel of John, the meaning of ’monegenes’, Kellogg and the trinity, and Islam and the trinity.
Brian E. Strayer
John Norton Loughborough took his commission seriously. At age 17 he embarked on a ministerial career that would span seven decades and propel him tens of thousands of miles around the globe. Despite a bout with tuberculosis, crushing personal sorrows, impossibly demanding schedules, and recurring ill health, he persevered in the work God asked him to do.
That work included, among many other things, visiting scattered Adventist believers, speaking at camp meetings, writing articles and books, editing periodicals, entering debates, and conducting evangelistic programs. His administrative abilities were greatly utilized by his adopted church, and during his years of service he pioneered tent meetings, selling tracts, Systematic Benevolence, fund raising, big-city gospel efforts, ship ministry, and numerous other innovative ideas.
This intriguing biography reveals a man who did not revel in controversy, yet did not shy away from standing his ground. His close friendship with James and Ellen White did not exclude him from receiving rebuke from Ellen concerning his character flaws. And his diminutive stature did not prevent him from making enormous contributions to the mission and structure of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
L Monique Pittman
Authorizing Shakespeare on Film and Television examines recent film and television transformations of William Shakespeare’s drama by focusing on the ways in which modern directors acknowledge and respond to the perceived authority of Shakespeare as author, text, cultural icon, theatrical tradition, and academic institution. This study explores two central questions. First, what efforts do directors make to justify their adaptations and assert an interpretive authority of their own? Second, how do those self-authorizing gestures impact upon the construction of gender, class, and ethnic identity within the filmed adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays? The chosen films and television series considered take a wide range of approaches to the adaptative process - some faithfully preserve the words of Shakespeare; others jettison the Early Modern language in favor of contemporary idiom; some recreate the geographic and historical specificity of the original plays, and others transplant the plot to fresh settings. The wealth of extra-textual material now available with film and television distribution and the numerous website tie-ins and interviews offer the critic a mine of material for accessing the ways in which directors perceive the looming Shakespearean shadow and justify their projects. Authorizing Shakespeare on Film and Television places these directorial claims alongside the film and television plotting and aesthetic to investigate how such authorizing gestures shape the presentation of gender, class, and ethnicity.
Dennis W. Woodland
This fourth edition
- Addresses developments in contemporary plant classification
- Includes 500 additional line drawings
- Discusses and fully illustrates 275 families in detail
- Presents a succinct discussion of each plant family on one page of text, with all relevant drawings and descriptions
- Presents chapters addressing issues in contemporary classification, including the role of systematics in preserving plant diversity
- Includes the landmark University of Wisconsin DVD Photo Atlas of the Vascular Plants, with more than 8,500 plant images representing 325 plant families
- Includes the Interactive Keys to Vascular Plant Families of the World, in CD format for easy identification of plant families
- Contains an extensive bibliography to world flora, with more than 1,000 listings
- Organizes its features to be useful as a reference work or as a textbook for both practical and theoretical applications of systematics.
The primary mission of the Seventh-day Adventist teacher of literature may be that of inspiring students to explore for themselves how the reading of literature can enrich personal faith in God. With this book, Delmer Davis encourages further conversation regarding the integration of faith and the teaching of literature. By introducing the writings and ideas of notable Seventh-day Adventists and other Christians who have grappled with the interrelationship between literature and Christian belief, Dr. Davis offers literature teachers and students of literature the opportunity to examine the implications such integration has for their teaching, scholarship, and spiritual lives.
Land examines the integration of historical knowledge into a Christian worldview and its implications for teaching, scholarship, and life.
He writes: "Our knowledge of God and history is limited. But that knowledge will grow as we study the past. The dialogue we carry on with the evidence is a two-way street, for our understanding of the ways of God will be informed by what we find in the historical record just as our Christian perspective will inform our understanding of history."