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Title: An examination of the response of the Seventh-day Adventist church to some contemporary socio-political issues in the light of two distinctive adventist doctrines
Author: Mirilov, Branislav
ISNI:       0000 0004 2690 9079
Awarding Body: The University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 1993
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The principal sources of SDA identity are the biblical books of Revelation and Daniel. On the basis of these documents Adventists have built their eschatology, missiology, and other distinctive doctrines, such as belief in an imminent second advent and the notion that they constitute the "remnant". The purpose of this study is to examine in the context of the Book of Revelation how these two particular doctrines have affected Adventists' moral commitments. Broadly speaking it will be argued that Adventists have not paid sufficient attention in their theory and practice to the very book to which they have traditionally appealed. The first part of the study seeks to examine the effects which distinctive Adventist doctrines have had on the moral commitments of the church in the various phases of its existence. An attempt will be made to identify the basic principles which guide Adventists in their social behaviour. The second part examines the social role of the Adventist church in an environment more hostile than the liberal democracies in which it first developed. The modem socialist state of Yugoslavia will be used as a case study. It will be argued that the traditional denominational understanding of the book of Revelation has considerably contributed to make the Adventist church, particularly in places like Yugoslavia, a highly marginalized socio-religious entity. The third part attempts to demonstrate that Adventism has never fully responded to the radical call of the book of Revelation. It will be argued that the book of Revelation when read in conjunction with the rest of the Scripture and in the light of contemporary scholarship demands from all Christians an active and effective social involvement.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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