Institute of Adventist Studies

The Institute was founded in 2010 as an institution of FAU and cooperates closely with the Historical Archive of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Europe. So far it is the only scientific institution of this kind, but it is obvious that an Adventist university should be concerned with the theology and history of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Because of their strong eschatological focus, Adventists began relatively late to take an interest in their own history. The historical and denominational study of Adventism and its related currents should not remain a refuge for selected specialists. Symposia, documentations, scientific publications as well as teaching and continuing education offers are the main means of opening up this field to a generally interested public.

The Institute of Adventist Studies of FAU is committed to the historical and denominational study of Adventism and its related currents. It is the only scholarly institution of this kind in Europe and is attached to the departments of Systematic Theology and Historical Theology in the School of Theology. The Institute fosters activities of research and teaching, particularly in the following areas:

  • research and publication in Adventist Studies at FAU
  • organization of scholarly conferences about research on Adventism
  • cooperation with scholars from other universities and institutions
  • services to the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Germany, Europe, and beyond
  • further development of the Historical Archives of the SDA Church in Europe
  • creation of an international network for Adventist Studies
  • development of academic programs and course offerings

Among the members of the Institute there are professors, lecturers, and research assistants, and in special cases, pastors and other members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church as well as other persons engaged in Adventist Studies.

Icon Plus2020: The Kingdom of God is at Hand – Adventist Interpretations of Biblical Apocalyptic

The fourth symposium of the Institute of Adventist Studies at FAU aims at deliberating the variety, continuities, and distinct emphases in Adventist interpretations of biblical apocalyptic. Beyond Daniel and Revelation, what have been the roles of other biblical passages of this genre (e. g., in Zechariah, Ezekiel, Paul, and Peter)? What impact, if any, did the Methodist, Baptist, and Christian Connection backgrounds of the founders have on their particular “apocalyptic accent”? Which themes were stressed in earlier periods, and which received attention in later generations? 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?

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.”

For the call for papers see FAU Newsletter No. 11 (on the right). Regarding credentials, more information will be published on this site soon.

Icon Plus2018: Contours of European Adventism

Is there such a thing as “European Adventism”? What are its most important contributions to worldwide Adventism? These were some of the questions discussed at the symposium “Contours of European Adventism” organized by the Institute of Adventist Studies of FAU. From 23 to 26 April 2018 the participants of the symposium heard 21 lectures by Adventists from several European and non-European countries. The presentations took historical, theological, empirical or sociological perspectives and dealt with the problems of past and present generations of Adventists in Europe.

A compilation of the lectures as an anthology is currently in progress. If you are interested in IAS publications, you can subscribe to the IAS Newsletter. All you need to do is send an email to: .

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Icon Plus2016: Perceptions of the Protestant Reformation in Seventh-day Adventism

Are Seventh-day Adventists “heirs of the Protestant Reformation”? How did early Seventh-day Adventists perceive the Protestant Reformation? Which theological lines connect Luther, Melanchthon, Zwingli, and the Seventh-day Adventist Church? These and other issues were discussed on the Second International Symposium of the Institute of Adventist Studies of FAU, May 9-12, 2016. The Symposium consisted of 18 scholarly lectures held by national and international researchers. In the first part, the focus was on the Protestant Reformation as an overall movement, and then, in a more specialized part, on the tradition of the Anabaptists, the so-called “left wing” of the Protestant Reformation.

In a constructive atmosphere, ideas could be exchanged, and perspectives widened. The Symposium came to an end with an excursion to Lutherstadt Wittenberg. In 2018, an anthology of the scholarly lectures was published in the series “Adventistica” by FAU.

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Icon Plus2014: The Impact of World War I on Seventh-day Adventism

The Institute for Adventist Studies of FAU organized its first International Symposium on May 12-15, 2014. Approximately 90 speakers, auditors, and students attended the Symposium with the theme “The Impact of World War I on Seventh-day Adventism”. After listening to the lectures held by 19 speakers, amongst others, the church historian George Knight (USA), there were discussions with questions and answers on the respective topics.

The event was structured by three thematic blocks: the interpretation of prophetic texts on the expected fall of the Ottoman Empire (Turkey), the military service of Seventh-day Adventists (also on Sabbath) in countries involved in World War I, and the origin of the Seventh-day Adventist Reform Movement in 1915 in reaction to the Church’s position towards this issue.

The highlight of this Symposium was the discussion with some leading representatives of the Seventh-day Adventist Reform Movement on Wednesday evening. There had already been a discussion with representatives of the Seventh-day Adventist Reform Movement in Friedensau in 1920, which should be repeated in 2014. There was an open exchange of views in a fraternal atmosphere, which aroused the desire for further discussions on the basis of an historical study of sources and a dialog without apologetics/polemics.

The conference organized by Prof. Dr. Rolf J. Pöhler came to an end on Thursday with an excursion to Lutherstadt Wittenberg in the afternoon and a concert of the world-famous conductor Herbert Blomstedt at the Gewandhaus Leipzig in the evening.

A compilation of the scholarly lectures as an anthology is currently in progress and planned for spring 2019. If you are interested in publications of IAS, you can subscribe to the newsletter of IAS. Just send an e-mail to: ">.

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Executive board of the Institue

The following persons are part of the Institute’s executive board:

Rolf J. Pöhler
Prof., ThD

Professor of Systematic Theology
Director of the Institute of Adventist Studies
Head of "Master of Theological Studies" program

Telephone: +49 (0) 3921 916-209
Fax: +49 (0) 3921 916-201
Email:

An der Ihle 5 A
39291 Möckern-Friedensau

Johannes Hartlapp
Dr. theol.

Lecturer of Church History
Head of Theology BA program

Telephone: +49 (0) 3921 916-171
Fax: +49 (0) 3921 916-201
Email:

An der Ihle 5 A
39291 Möckern-Friedensau

Daniel Heinz

PhD
Director of the Historical Archives of Seventh-Day Adventists in Europe
Archivist

Telephone: + 49 (0) 3921 916-155
Fax: +49 (0) 3921 916-154
Email:

Ahornstraße 3
39291 Möckern-Friedensau

Stefan Höschele

PhD (University of Malawi)
Dean of the School of Theology
Professor of Systematic Theology and Adventist Studies

Telephone: +49 (0) 3921 916-121
Fax: +49 (0) 3921 916-201
Email:

An der Ihle 5 A
39291 Möckern-Friedensau

Research assistants

The following research assistants are currently working at the Institute:

Chigemezi Nnadozie Wogu

PhD candidate (VU Amsterdam)
Research Assistant | Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventist (EUD and ESD regions)

Telephone: +49 (0) 3921 916-138
Fax: +49 (0) 3921 916-120
Email:

An der Ihle 16
D-39291 Möckern-Friedensau

Kerstin Maiwald
cand. Dr. phil.

Research Assistant | Institut of Adventist Studies

Telephone: +49 (0) 3921 916-171
Fax: +49 (0) 3921 916-201
Email:

An der Ihle 5 A
D-39291 Möckern-Friedensau

Jon Stefansson

PhD candidate (VU Amsterdam)
Research Assistant | Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventist (EUD and ESD regions)

Telephone: +49 (0) 3921 916-154
Fax: +49 (0) 3921 916-120
Email:

An der Ihle 16
D-39291 Möckern-Friedensau

Eudritch Jean

MTS
Volunteer | Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventist (EUD and ESD regions)

Telephone: +49 (0) 3921 916-154
Fax: +49 (0) 3921 916-120
Email:

An der Ihle 16
D-39291 Möckern-Friedensau