WHAT IS THIS SYMPOSIUM ALL ABOUT?

According to Ernst Käsemann’s famous dictum, apocalyptic is “the mother of all Christian theology.” Clearly, Seventh-day Adventism exists because apocalyptic passages are part of the biblical canon. Interpretations of these texts have evolved in conjunction with the general development of SDA theology. Ever since Millerites focused on proclaiming Christ’s soon coming, the meaning of apocalyptic Bible passages has been a matter of debate in the Advent movement.

The 4th International Symposium of the Institute of Adventist Studies aims at deliberating the variety, continuities, and distinct emphases in Adventist interpretations of biblical apocalyptic. How should the denominational spectrum of hermeneutical and interpretative traditions with regard to apocalyptic materials be assessed? How have Adventists handled key themes such as theodicy and judgment, the nearness and “delay” of the parousia, and consequences of apocalyptic eschatology for mission and ministry? What impact has the apocalyptic orientation had for members’ anticipation and angst regarding future events, and for their life “in but not of the world”?

22 contributors from four continents will discuss religious-historical, biblical, theological, ethical, and homiletical aspects of Adventist theology. By observing and pondering Adventist discourses in the various realms touched by apocalyptic beliefs and thought, symposium participants will aim both at critically analyzing and at gaining a fresh appreciation for a contested, but crucial element of Christian theology and salvation history – the expectation that “the Kingdom of God is at hand!”

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Participation is free of charge; a donation is requested.

In consideration of international time zones, the symposium will be held in the afternoon and evening between 3 and 10 pm Central European Time.

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Here is the COMPLETE PROGRAM of the Symposium as well as the LIST OF TOPICS

To enable attendees from different world regions to share in the live sessions, the time schedule has been adjusted to reduce inconveniences as much as possible.

Programm

CEST
(GMT +1 hr)
Berlin
EST
(-6 hrs)
New York
PST
(-9 hrs)
Los Angeles
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
PHST
(+6 hrs)
Manila
AEDT
(+8 hrs)
Sydney
15:00 9:00 6:00 (am) Opening Opening Opening Opening 21:00 23:00
15:15 9:15 6:15 (am)

R. J. Pöhler

Keynote Address

Future, Past, and Present

K. B. de Waal

“The Hour of His Judgment Has Come!”

C. Rogers

Fictionalized Adventist Eschatology

J. Rosario

Apocalypticism and Political Engagement

21:15 23:15
16:00 10:00 7:00 (am) Adventist Apocalypticism Facing the Times

R. E. Winkle

The Number of the Beast

D. Kaiser

Conflict re. the Great Controversy

R. E. Fischer

Prophetic Preaching

22:00 0:00
16:45 10:45 7:45 (am) Break Break Break Break 22:45 0:45
17:00 11:00 8:00 (am)

K. Maiwald

Mesopotamian
“Apocalypticism”

J. Hartlapp

The Arithmetic of Prophecy

R. Bruinsma

Last Generation Theology

D. Meier

Where Do We Go from Here?

23:00 1:00
(am)
17:45 11:45 8:45 (am) Break Break Break Break 23:45 1:45 (am)
19:00 13:00 10:00 (am)

J. Sigvartsen

The Messianic Kingdom

G. Valentine

The Relentless Delay

M. Pearson

The Ethics of the End

Müller/Wogu

Postcolonial Adventist

1:00 (am) 3:00
(am)
19:45 13:45 10:45 (am)

B. Oestreich

Rituals and Christ’s Return

J. Stefánsson

Ellen G. White’s View of Prophecy

S. Höschele

Eschatology
and Ethics

Apocalyptic Political Theology 1:45
(am)
3:45
(am)
20:30 14:30 11:30 (am) Break Break Break Break 2:30
(am)
4:30
(am)
20:45 14:45 11:45 (am)

I. Lorencin

Coming and Communion

J. Butler

The End of Ellen White’s World

Th. U. Dickson

Suffering and Hope in Nigeria

General
Plenum
Discussion
2:45
(am)
4:45
(am)
21:30 15:30 12:30 Zoom-Meeting
all participants
Zoom-Meeting
all participants
Zoom-Meeting
all participants
Zoom-Meeting
all participants
3:30
(am)
5:30
(am)

Webinar registration

Thank you very much for supporting the realization of the IAS Symposium 2021 with your donation.

Participation in the webinar is free of charge. A voluntary contribution to costs is requested.

Registered participants will receive three links for each day:
1. a link to the YouTube broadcast of the presentations and discussions in English (original).
2. a link to the YouTube broadcast of the presentations and discussions with translation into German.
(Translators: Dennis Meier, Matthias Müller, Sabrina Nern and Klaus Schmitz).
3. a zoom link for the debate of the day starting at 21:30.

The YouTube broadcasts can be viewed for one week after the symposium.