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Seeking a Sanctuary: Seventh-day Adventism and the American Dream Paperback – December 20, 2006
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"The first edition of this book was one of the few must reads for academics interested in the Seventh-day Adventists.... The new edition expands several features of the first: it places more emphasis on regional variations, offshoot groups, and ethnic diversity. Bull (Oxford) and Lockhart (London-based journalist) situate Adventist history in the larger context of American history and, just as importantly, trace the evolution of Adventist doctrine. Recognizing that Adventists form their own subculture, they also provide sociological analysis. This book gives full attention to internal theological conflicts of recent decades. Finally, Seeking a Sanctuary is well written and comprehensive. Any library collecting material on American history or religion should have it.... Essential." ―Choice
"I recommend to clergy that they read Seeking a Sanctuary.... you will be more attuned to the sociological trends that drive Seventh-day Adventism." ―
"The most comprehensive review and insightful analysis in print of the sociology, history, and culture of the Seventh-Day Adventist church." ―Church History
"A masterpiece. It is by far the best book on Adventism that has ever appeared." ―Ronald L. Numbers
"A provocative and penetrating account of a complicated and remarkably little-known movement." ―Eileen Barker, Sociological Analysis
"The most informed study of Adventism." ―Harold Bloom
"Make no mistake. For both its breadth and depth, this is the best study of Seventh―Day Adventism that has ever been written." ―Jonathan M. Butler
"We do not often pause to point to a denominational history, but when one this good comes along, we pause." ―Martin E. Marty
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The story of a large yet little-known Protestant denomination. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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The final third of Seeking a Sanctuary is devoted to a consideration of "Adventist Subculture," analyzing the interplay between race, gender, socio-economics, and professional life in the inner dynamics of Adventism. These chapters are uneven. The most fascinating is a discussion of the influence of health reform and Adventist medicine on the overall direction of Adventist culture, polity, and theology. Bull and Lockhart argue that the classic denominalization thesis is not really applicable to the SDA church; this body, they say, has been not so much denominalized as medicalized. The tensions between the ordained ministry and administration of the church, on the one hand, and its medical practitioners and institutions on the other, emerges with compelling vividness in this discussion.
This book is absolutely essential reading for anyone interested in Adventism or sectarian movements in America.
The authors do seem to occasionally miss the mark due to a lack of understanding of the belief system; and therefore, in some areas draw somewhat erroneous conclusions based on the misunderstanding, and thus perhaps a faulty working premise.
However, if you have ever looked at your fellow Adventist or at the church hierarchy and structure and wondered "why is it that way?" or "why do they act that way?" or "how on earth did they reach that conclusion?" This book may have answers to some church behavior that have always puzzled you.