Adventist Alumni are all types of Seventh Day Adventist. I’m writing about this web site… and using A-A thoughts as an abbreviation for both Adventist-Alumni.com and Adventist alumnus. Reading about who we are before continuing here might give more insight into these comments because they build upon what’s said there. What is this web site about? […]
Webster defines Fundamentalism as a form of a religion, especially Islam or Protestant Christianity, that upholds belief in the strict, literal interpretation of scripture. Growing Away From Fundamentalism Like many Christian denominations the SDA Church fits this definition. It limits the notion of life and humanity to the pages of an ancient text. The reliance […]
Change? Why Not? What’s the Problem? Let’s discuss why there is no change in the SDA Church, even though it’s long over due. The Nature of Entangled Doctrines Fact 1: The SDA church has a collection of rather entangled doctrines that it promulgates. Fact 2: The SDA church clings tightly if not desperately to two […]
Before heading into Changing World Views, let’s review how Wikipedia defines a World View. It is “the fundamental cognitive orientation of an individual or society encompassing natural philosophy; fundamental, existential, and normative postulates; or themes, values, emotions, and ethics.” Or, in a more modest manner, “the framework of ideas and beliefs through which an individual […]
Religion of the Future: Reclaiming the Subjective Pole by Art and Metaphor. Organized religion is declining in the western world. Not only is the decline due to the failure of past theological and philosophical systems, but also to the successes of science in competing with religious traditions in describing the world. A religion of the […]
Why Religion as an Art Form? From the rise of science, its relationship with religion has been one of tension. The application of the Copernican Principle (world and the human must continually be removed from the center), progressively elevated the objective and scientific mentality over the religious as the measure of reality.
The Fall 2010 issue of Adventist Today started me thinking about assumptions. Multiple authors in that issue were careful to spell out their underlying assumptions as they acknowledged how important assumptions are to keep in mind when one is articulating one’s position on a particular topic. It seems that sometimes where one ends up depends […]
Here are my Thoughts on Creationism. There are some good points here. I have never said that Creationism is History, I have said it is Philosophy – i.e Worldview.
A discussion of how language and the creation of reality can shape our worldview. Recently, I went to a meeting of AAF in Berrien Springs. John Walton, Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College (formerly of Moody Bible Institute) had been invited to discuss his book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the […]
Book Review: Humanity in a Creative Universe, by Stuart A. Kauffman (Oxford University Press, 2016). Reviewed by A. Josef Greig, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Andrews University.
Hit on the head by Newton’s Law. The other day I was cleaning and reorganizing a small storage area. Small enough that I kept banging my head into objects that were even harder than my head.
Ice core research steps back in time and makes guesses at the future. Using ice penetrating radar and satellite mapping technology, oceanographers and other earth scientists have determined that the great ice fields of Greenland and Antarctica currently contain enough ice to raise sea level approximately 200 feet above where it is today, if all […]