Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Ellen White: Daring Liberal & Immovable Conservative"

Adventist Forum presents "Ellen White: Daring Liberal and Immovable Conservative," presented by Alden Thompson, professor of biblical studies at Walla Walla University in College Place, Wash.

The presentation will be held in Garber Auditorium in Chan Shun Hall at Andrews University on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at 3:30 p.m.

After serving as a pastor in southeastern California from 1967 to 1970, Thompson became a faculty member of Walla Walla University in 1970. From 1972 to 1974 he studied at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland
and was awarded  a doctorate in Old Testament and Judaic Studies. His dissertation was published in 1977 by Scholars Press. He taught for two years in Germany, and from 1986 to 1990 he served as the academic vice president of Walla Walla University, returning to full-time teaching in the School of Theology in 1990.

Thompson is much concerned with church unity, and has described his 2009 book, "Beyond Common Ground: Why Liberals and Conservatives Need Each Other," as "a kind of capstone to my teaching career." He has discussed differing personality types and how they relate to God and the church.

He supports the process of change and has argued that during her life Ellen White, one of the founders of the Seventh-day Adventist church, made significant changes in her views of God. His  series "From Sinai to Golgotha," a five-part sequence published in the Adventist Review, discusses a change from a more fear-based picture of God in the Bible at Mt. Sinai, to a more grace-based image of God at the cross. He also claims Ellen White personally moved from fear to joy. His article, "The Scary Lady of Adventism Learns to Have Fun" and his book, "Escape from the Flames: How Ellen White Grew from Fear to Joy—and Helped Me to Do it Too" (2005), have a similar theme.

Thompson's speaking engagements and writings cover many topics, including the Old Testament, Ellen White studies, inspiration, and Seventh-day Adventist history.

Adventist Forum is open to the public. All are welcome. For information, contact Art Robertson at robertsa2@earthlink.net or call 269-471-7150.

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