Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

First Advisor

Name of advisor not indicated



The doctrine of the personality of the Holy Spirit has been given various interpretation by the Seventh-day Adventist Church and its early pioneers, In considering the views of the leaders of this denomination, and the passing of time, a development of thought and understanding is observed, As far as this study has revealed, the development of this doctrine through its formative period has never been unified or analyzed.

Purpose and Scope of the Study.

It was the purpose of this study to discover the progression of the attitude of the Seventh-day Adventist Church toward the doctrine of the personality of the Holy Spirit, The scope of the study has included the origination of the ideas of the early Adventist pioneers which formed the foundation for this denomination. Consideration is given to the influence of these ideas as it effected the development of the doctrine under study. The doctrine is further traced through the time of the organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church to the end of the year 1900.

Importance of the Study

It would seem that the success of any movement is dependent upon the unity of its members, yet the Seventh-day Adventist Church was active and successful for fifty years without unity on this doctrine. When such a disunity of thought has existed in a Christian organization regarding the Godhead, and the personality of its Members, a definite understanding is required. The securing of this understanding and the unity which now exists on the subject make the analysis of its development important.

Subject Area

Holy Spirit, Personality, Seventh-day Adventist


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