Seeking a Sanctuary, Second Edition

Seeking a Sanctuary, Second Edition : Seventh-day Adventism and the American Dream

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The completely revised second edition further explores one of the most successful of America's indigenous religious groups. Despite this, the Adventist church has remained largely invisible. Seeking a Sanctuary casts light on this marginal religion through its socio-historical context and discusses several Adventist figures that shaped the perception of this Christian more

Product details

  • Paperback | 520 pages
  • 154.9 x 223.5 x 35.6mm | 612.36g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 29 b&w photos, 5 figures, 3 maps
  • 0253218683
  • 9780253218681
  • 944,898

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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 "A provocative and penetrating account of a complicated and remarkably little-known movement." -Eileen Barker, Sociological Analysis "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 "We do not often pause to point to a denominational history, but when one this good comes along, we pause." -Martin E. Marty "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 "I recommend to clergy that they read Seeking a Sanctuary... you will be more attuned to the sociological trends that drive Seventh-day Adventism." -show more

About Malcolm Bull

Malcolm Bull teaches at Oxford University.Keith Lockhart is a London-based journalistshow more

Table of contents

ContentsAcknowledgmentsPrologueIntroduction: Public ImagesPart 1. Adventist Theology1. Authority2. Identity3. The End of the World4. The Divine Realm5. The Human Condition6. The Development of Adventist TheologyPart 2. The Adventist Experience and the American Dream7. The Structure of Society8. The Patterns of Growth9. The Science of Happiness10. The Politics of Liberty11. The Ethics of Schism12. The Art of Expression13. Adventism and AmericaPart 3. Adventist Subculture14. Gender15. Race16. Ministry17. Medicine18. Education19. The Self-Supporting MovementConclusion: The Revolving DoorEpilogueList of AbbreviationsNotesBibliographical NoteWeb GuideIndexshow more

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