Adventists Discover the World: Personal Ethics and/or Social Ethic

Speaker: Categories: Jan 10, 2004


[42min, 28sec / 42min, 17sec]


The world! Your world? My world? Our world? The world - is it defined as people, lots and lots of them, or as continents of land mass? Isthe worldtoday the same as when you were a teenager? How about a decade ago, has it changed since then? If changed, at all, what prompted the change?

And for the organization we label: The Seventh-day Adventist Church, how might church leaders have answered the above questions? What is meant by taking on aworld view? Is that the same as aworldly view? Are you comfortable with whatever you consider the church's view to be currently?

Dr. Teel notes:"The prayer of our Lord in John 17 opens up the question of beingin the world but not of the world. To what extent does the Christian gospel call adherents to be savedfromthe world and/or to be saved in the world?"

"Sticky definitions,"he continues,"are tied to terms that tend to be written in broad strokes and which are often cast as polar opposites: church/world, religion/politics, religious dogma/spiritual quest, personal ethics/social ethics, and personal conversion/social transformation.”

He assures,"The January presentation will offer consideration of ways in which the Seventh-day Adventist community of faith has responded to the challenge fostered by such perceived polarities-especially the question of church and world. We will review responses by the Millerite Adventists, the early Sabbath-keeping Adventists, and the Seventh-day Adventist Church--the latter beginning with our formative years and in times present."


Charles Teel, Jr., as stated earlier, is a Professor at La Sierra University and an Adjunct Professor at Loma Linda University. He also serves as the Director of the La Sierra University Stahl Center for World Service. He has experience as a pastor, an academy religion instructor, and--for the past three decades--as a professor at La Sierra University's School of Religion. The book he edited,Remnant and Republic: Adventist Themes for Personal and Social Ethics, includes an introductory chapter titled"Remnant"and serves as the basis of this presentation to the San Diego Adventist Forum Chapter. Teel's co-curricular involvements include exploring the tension between topical terms, cited above, and involvements in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Each March he directs a study tour to Peru. On such occasions studentsfigurativelyandliterallywalk in the footsteps of Adventist educators and change agents, Fernando and Ana Stahl.

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