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Foundations of the Seventh-day Adventist Message and Mission

, 1977
ISBN: 0802816983



In this indispensable book, P. Gerard Damsteegt explores the origins and basic theological structures that have motivated the Seventh-day Adventist Church for more than a century. Limiting himself to a descriptive historical-theological and missiological approach, Damsteegt analyzes the origin and significance of Seventh-day Adventists’ methods of Bible interpretation; the development of their ecclesiology, soteriology, and apocalyptic-eschatology; their self-understanding of the role they play in the history of the Christian church and salvation history; their views on inter-church relations; their concepts on truth and revelation; and their approach to others.

This study endeavors to contribute an in-depth understanding of Seventh-day Adventists and to lead to improved relations between them and persons of other persuasions. Anyone interested in learning about the history of the Seventh-day Adventist church will find this book a treasure.

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Key Features

  • Provides an understanding of the origins and basic structure of Seventh-day Adventist theology
  • Investigates the origin and significance of methods of Bible interpretation by Seventh-day Adventists
  • Endeavors to inspire improved relations between Seventh-day Adventists and persons of other persuasions


  • The Background for the Origins of the Theology of Mission
  • The Controversy Around the Millerite Apocalyptic-Eschatology
  • The Crisis of 1843-44
  • The Early Development of the Theology of Mission (1844-49)
  • The Basic Structure of the Theology of Mission (1850-74)
  • Toward a World-wide Mission (1850-74)
  • Miller’s Rules of Bible Interpretation
  • Fundamental Principles of SDA in 1872
  • Fundamental Beliefs of SDA in 1970
  • A Reproduction of the 1843 Chart
  • A Reproduction of the 1863 Chart

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home page: phone: 269.471.6280 fax: 269.471.6202 mail: Andrews University SDA Theological Seminary Berrien Springs MI 49104-1500 USA


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  1. John Miller

    John Miller


    I read the book while attending the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University and it is an excellent books! I'm very happy to seeing it added to Logos!