Crises SDA Creationism: Confrontation or . . . . ?

Speaker: Categories: Aug 14, 1999

 

[1hr, 19min, 25sec / 1hr, 8min, 54sec]

ABOUT THE TOPIC:

Accidental, coincidental, providential -- Such terms quickly come to mind when considering that the topic for the August Forum Chapter meeting was chosen long before information about the focus of theAdult Sabbath School Lesson Quarterlywas known!

Well, what about Adventistcreationism? Where is the denomination's thinking today? Has it made any changes within the last fifty years? Are alternative views permissible among loyal SDAs?

Dr. Erv Taylor notes:"The current discussions, primarily within North American and European Adventism concerning conflicting views of the meaning of the Genesis creation narratives, offer insights into the causes of the theological fault lines within the North American SDA Church. The SDA creationism debate is one of the most visible signs of the widening plural ism in contemporary Adventist theological thought ...."

It might be noted further that for the denomination to devote an entire quarter to the study of creationism, hopefully by SDAs around the world, emphasizes the presence of a crisis -- present or about to happen!

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Dr. Erv Taylor is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology and Director of the Radiocarbon Laboratory at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). He is a Californian who attended Lynwood Academy and received his B.A. from Pacific Union College in 1960.

His Ph.D. in anthropology was earned at UCLA in the Isotope Laboratory of the late Willard F. Libby, 1960 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry for the discovery of radiocarbon dating. Dr. Taylor subsequently held a NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCLA in the laboratory of Professor Daniel Kivelson in the Department of Chemistry.

While at UCLA Erv Taylor was a member of the Burbank SDA Church and one of the“Burbank Seven” whom the Southern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists attempted, unsuccessfully, to excommunicate forhigh political crimes against the Conference!

Dr. Taylor's research has focused on the application of dating and analytical techniques in archeology with particular emphasis on radiocarbon and amino acid racemization dating. He is best known for his work on the radiocarbon dating of human skeletons associated with questions involving the timing of arrival of the earliest human populations in the New World.

He has more than one hundred articles and reviews in prestigious scientific journals. He is author ofRadiocarbon Dating: An Archaeological Perspective(Academic Press, 1987) and has been editorially involved in other major scientific publications.

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