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!”
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.
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R. J. Pöhler
Future, Past, and Present
K. B. de Waal
“The Hour of His Judgment Has Come!”
Fictionalized Adventist Eschatology
Apocalypticism and Political Engagement
|16:00||10:00||7:00 (am)||Adventist Apocalypticism Facing the Times|
R. E. Winkle
The Number of the Beast
Conflict re. the Great Controversy
R. E. Fischer
The Arithmetic of Prophecy
Last Generation Theology
Where Do We Go from Here?
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The Messianic Kingdom
The Relentless Delay
The Ethics of the End
Rituals and Christ’s Return
Ellen G. White’s View of Prophecy
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Coming and Communion
The End of Ellen White’s World
Th. U. Dickson
Suffering and Hope in Nigeria