Spes Christiana volume 33 issue 1, July 2022

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Spes Christiana 33.1

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Reinder Bruinsma
First Published December 2021; pp. 3-6


God and Pandemics:
The Impact of “Pestilences” on Christian Believers in General and, in Particular, on Seventh-day Adventists

Reinder Bruinsma
doi 10.17613/q228-7r14
First Published July 2022; pp. 7-30

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Catholic-Protestant Dialogue:
An Assessment

Radiša Antić
doi 10.17613/4avt-g405
First Published July 2022; pp. 31-44

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The Cosmic Week in the History of Seventh-day Adventist Eschatology

Laurence A. Turner
doi 10.17613/b682-nn25
First Published July 2022; pp. 45-68

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Kirche im Wandel:
Eine demografische Analyse der Entwicklung der Freikirche der Siebenten-Tags-Adventisten in Deutschland und Österreich

László Szabó
doi 10.17613/xk7c-6y26
First Published July 2022; pp. 69-100

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Advent Hope: 
Movements of Embodied Hope and the Common Good

John Webster
doi 10.17613/8rxw-9633
First Published July2022; pp. 101-126

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Book Reviews

The Future of Open Theism: From Antecedents to Opportunities.
Richard Rice.
Downers Grove: IVP, 2020. 250 pp.

The Trinity: An Introduction.
Scott R. Swain.
Short Studies in Systematic Theology. Wheaton: Crossway, 2020. 154 pp.

Living for God: Reclaiming the Joy of Christian Virtue.
Frank Hasel.
Nampa: Pacific Press, 2020.‎ 119 pp. 

Die Dreieinigkeit in Bibel und Adventgeschichte.
René Gehring.
Wien: Top Life Wegweiser-Verlag, 2021. 168 pp.

Migration and the Making of Global Christianity.
Jehu J. Hanciles.
Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2021. 461 pp.

Call for Papers 2023 ETTC

The upcoming European Theology Teachers Convention will be organised 22–26 March 2023. The Hungarian Adventist Theological College will be hosting the conference in Budapest.

We expect to be able to hold the conference in-person, but the Covid-19 pandemic may necessitate contingency plans that will be developed and communicated as the situation and needs dictate.

The theme for the conference will be:

Tensions, Conflicts, Wars: ‘Storms’ in the Bible, Church & Society

We are living in a world burdened with tensions, conflicts, and wars. Ethnic, cultural and religious ‘storms’ are also found in the Bible. They were part of the experience of the people of God in the Old Testament and in the early church times likewise. Adventism in the 21st century also faces tensions and conflicts on number of horizons, whether theological, ethical, church political, cultural or pastoral – both on local and global levels.

We are inviting papers from the area of biblical studies, theology (including missiology, ecclesiology, eschatology), anthropology, epistemology, pastoral theology, religious history, ecology, ethics, social justice (possibly including gender studies, critical race theory, postcolonial studies), and societal conflict.


Papers proposals should have a working title and not exceed 200 words in length. The deadline for submission is 30 September 2022. Proposals should be sent to Richard Michelisz (fotitkar@atf.hu) in MS Word format. Notifications regarding proposals will go out in October 2022. Presenters are limited to thirty minutes for presentation (approximately 3,500-words), with additional time for questions and discussion of the paper.

Statement on Russian Invasion of Ukraine

The European Adventist academic community gathered in the European Adventist Society of Theological and Religious Studies (EASTRS) suffers with their Ukrainian colleagues, their families, their churches and all those associated with them. Our compassion includes fervent prayer, asking God to inspire the leaders of our world to put away weapons and guarantee a free and peaceful living space for all.

Yet, we also realise that human conflict will remain until the end of times. “And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet.  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom” (Matthew 25:6-8).

We know that liberation is coming. As a community, we look forward to the Advent hope, to the eternal theocracy of peace. We know that ultimately only one is victorious: Jesus the Christ.