In the course of the history of Christianity, Adventists believe, certain biblical teachings have become distorted or lost. Some of these were brought into sharp focus by Seventh-day Adventists. A few of these theological emphases became helpful in developing social ethics. Others, however, appeared to be contrary to social involvement. The previous chapter dealt with issues which are common to Adventist as well as non-Adventist Christians. Now we turn to theological insights which, in part, form Adventist identity and which contribute to a Christian theory of human rights, namely emphasis on the moral law, the concept and meaning of the Sabbath, the role of prophets and prophetic communities, and finally, the implications of the belief in the second coming of Christ.
KeywordsSocial Ethic Christian Theology Present World Jewish Society Adventist Basis
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
- 2.See, for example, C. H. Dodd, Gospel and Law: Bampton Lectures in America (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1951), pp. 62–3.Google Scholar
- 8.For example, see, Sakae Kubo, God Meets Man: A Theology of the Sabbath and Second Coming (Nashville, Tennessee: Southern Publishing Association, 1978)Google Scholar
- Samuele Bacchiocchi, Divine Rest for Human Restlessness: A Theological Study of the Good News of the Sabbath for Today (Rome: The Pontifical Gregorian University Press, 1980)Google Scholar
- 18.Charles E. Bradford, ‘The Sabbath and Liberation: With the Sabbath, No One Can Keep Us Down’, in Anchor Points (Hagerstown, MD: Review and Herald, 1993), p. 28.Google Scholar
- 26.Kubo (1978), p. 46. Cf. Sakae Kubo, ‘The Experience of Liberation’, in Festival of the Sabbath, ed. Roy Branson (Takoma Park: Association of Adventist Forums, 1986), pp. 43–54.Google Scholar
- 49.Luke 4: 18–21. Cf. Karl Barth, Deliverance to the Captives, translated by Marguerite Wieser with Preface by John Marsh (London: SCM Press, 1961).Google Scholar
- 54.John T. Robinson, In the End God (New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1968), pp. 22, 47.Google Scholar
- 56.Bacchiocchi, The Advent Hope for Human Hopelessness: A Theological Study of the Meaning of the Second Coming for Today (Berrien Springs, Michigan: Biblical Perspectives, 1986), p. 398.Google Scholar
- 59.Max Warren, The Truth of Vision: A Study in the Nature of the Christian Hope (London and Edinburgh: The Canterbury Press, 1948), p. 53.Google Scholar
- 66.G. C. Berkouwer, The Return of Christ (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1972), p. 84.Google Scholar
- 78.J. E. Fison, The Christian Hope: The Presence and the Parousia (New York: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1954), p. 221.Google Scholar
- 81.Emil H. Brunner, Eternal Hope, translated by Harold Knight (Philadelphia: Westminster, 1954), p. 30Google Scholar
- 82.Colin Morris, The Hammer of the Lord (Nashville and New York: Abingdon Press, 1973), pp. 137–8.Google Scholar