Adventist Interchurch Relations: New Publication

A new book by one of our members was recently published. Stefan Höschele, currently serving as our Secretary-Treasurer, is Professor of Systematic Theology & Adventist Studies at Theologische Hochschule Friedensau. His book Adventist Interchurch Relations: A Study in Ecumenics was just published by Vandenhoek & Ruprecht.

This study presents the first comprehensive analysis of Seventhday Adventist interchurch relations – a 20-million member body whose ecumenical stance has so far been underresearched. For the sake of interpreting denominational involvement and reservations in Adventism as well as beyond, the study develops a new academic approach to ecumenism based on Relational Models Theory, a comprehensive social science paradigm of interpreting human relationships. The resulting typology of ecumenical interactions and the historical case study of Adventism suggest that such a relational interpretation of ecumenical interaction sheds light on many of the unresolved issues in ecumenics – such as divergent concepts of unity, difficulties in recognition processes, and the permanence of denominationalism.

Spes Christiana volume 33 issue 2, December 2022

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Spes Christiana 33.2

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Reinder Bruinsma
First Published December 2022; pp. 3-6


Resisting “Neo-Adventism”:
Tensions between Seventh-day Adventist Traditionalists and “Progressives” – 1966‒1979

Gilbert Valentine
doi: 10.17613/z5v2-ec45
First Published December 2022; pp. 7-46

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Saying Farewell:
Paul’s Last Word to the Elders in Acts 20:1‒35

Paul B. Petersen
doi 10.17613/dh89-b795
First Published December 2022; pp. 47-66

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All These Women – The King’s Servants:
Feminism and the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Sweden – A Historical Approach

Yvonne Johansson Öster
doi 10.17613/1nsd-m833
First Published December 2022; pp. 67-92

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Ethical Issues in Revelation

Laszlo Istvan Hangyas
doi 10.17613/79ea-qn44
First Published December 2022; pp. 93-106

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Ellen Gould White and the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha:
Jasher, Enoch, and the Amalgamation of Man and Beast

Matthew J. Korpman
doi 10.17613/aqzr-ef21
First Published December 2022; pp. 107-130

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Book Reviews

Profiles of a Religious Man: Confessions of a Religious Addict.
Edwin Zackrison.
Eugene, OR: Resource Publications, 2020. 636 pp.

The Hope of the Gospel: Theological Education and the Next Evangelicalism.
Mark S. Young.
Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2022. 151 pp.

The Satan: How God’s Executioner Became the Enemy.
Ryan E. Stokes.
Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2019. 304 pp.

We Aim at Nothing Less Than the Whole World: The Seventh-day Adventist Missionary Enterprise and the General Conference Secretariat, 18632019.
A.L. Chism, D.J.B. Trim, and M.F. Younker.
Silver Spring, MD: Archives of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, 2021. 312 pp.

Ostriches and Canaries: Coping with Change in Adventism, 19661979.
Gilbert M. Valentine.
Westlake Village, CA: Oak and Acorn Publishers, 2022. 492 pp.

Letter from the Luca Marulli, president

Dear friends and members of EASTRS,

As you know, following the impossibility to have a regular General Assembly during the last ETTC (2020, on Zoom) due to the COVID pandemic, I remained in charge of the EASTRS presidency despite the fact that my mandate ended in 2020. This, with the agreement of the board members, allowed the whole board to accompany certain issues such as the succession to the leadership of Spes Christiana and the organisation of the next ETTC in Hungary (March 2023).

It is with emotion and sadness, but also with joy for the future, that I announce my departure from the Campus Adventiste du Salève (France). After 13 years of happy and fulfilling work at the Adventist Faculty of Theology, I will be joining the Protestant Faculty of Theology in Strasbourg as of September 1st.

The time has thus come to ask the President-Elect, Tihomir Lazić, to assume the presidential prerogatives of EASTRS and to prepare the next General Assembly where a new President-elect shall be elected and other vacancies in the Executive Committee shall be filled. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the whole EASTRS team, Tom de Bruin, Stefan Hoeschele and Tihomir Lazić, for their serious and very competent work. Without their support and friendship I would have felt quite inadequate.

I also thank Reinder Bruinsma, Kerstin Maiwald and their collaborators for their incredible ability to ensure that Spes Christiana remains a high quality resource. I am also grateful to Laurence Turner and Paul Petersen for lending their expertise to Spes Christiana, thus ensuring its continuity after Reinder and Kerstin’s departure in the next future.

Special thanks to Imre Tokics and his team at the Hungarian Adventist Theological College, supported by Jean-Claude Verrecchia and Laszlo Gallusz, for organising the next ETTC. I will unfortunately be absent due to my new schedule, but I already know that the participants will be able to experience quality moments and even welcome the winners of the first student contest. Thank you for continuing to support our young emerging theologians, encouraging diversity and equity of access to ministry.

I also thank the officers of the Divisions represented (EUD, TED, EAD), the deans of our theological schools, and in particular Marius Munteanu and Daniel Duda for their support and encouragement of EASTRS’s initiatives to establish and develop a European network of Adventist theologians. The recent events of the war in Ukraine remind us of the urgency and importance of nurturing and preserving our international relations in a spirit of brotherhood and mutual welcome. I also have a special thought for those colleagues who, for different reasons and beyond their control, have been forced to prematurely leave the institutions they worked for. I am thinking in particular of Aulikki Nahkola, Gifford Rhamie, Tom de Bruin and Jean-Luc Rolland. This is a personal loss for us, and a significant human, spiritual and theological loss for the Church. I wish them to continue to shine in spite of everything, confident that the Lord will sustain them and continue to bless them.

I wish a very good continuation of work to my dear friends and brothers of the board and to all of you who, by your presence and participation, make this network meaningful.

Thank you for the fraternal affection you have always expressed towards me. I am happy to think that what we have built at the interpersonal level will endure, by the grace of God.

May God continue to abundantly bless your ministry and the fruit of your dedicated and responsible work.

Warm greetings,

Luca Marulli