Seeker after Light: A. F. Ballenger, Adventism, and American Christianity

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"In 1905, Albion Fox Ballenger, a popular Seventh-day Adventist preacher, was released from employment for advocating views in conflict with Adventist teaching about Christ's ministry in the heavenly sanctuary. Three quarters of a century later, another popular Adventist preacher again questioned the church's sanctuary doctrine, with similar results. In some important ways, the Ballenger case may be seen as a foreshadowing historical footnote to a doctrinal controversy that shook Adventism in the early 1980s." "Thus, in this meticulously
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Overview

"In 1905, Albion Fox Ballenger, a popular Seventh-day Adventist preacher, was released from employment for advocating views in conflict with Adventist teaching about Christ's ministry in the heavenly sanctuary. Three quarters of a century later, another popular Adventist preacher again questioned the church's sanctuary doctrine, with similar results. In some important ways, the Ballenger case may be seen as a foreshadowing historical footnote to a doctrinal controversy that shook Adventism in the early 1980s." "Thus, in this meticulously researched volume, Calvin W. Edwards and Gary Land collaborate to provide the first in-depth scholarly examination of a revealing, if nearly forgotten, episode in Adventist history. Acting in part as a biography of the public figure of A. F. Ballenger, Seeker After Light also necessarily presents a portion of the history of the Seventh-day Adventist Church within the context of the larger story of religion in the United States. Through an investigation of the denomination's dabbling in such things as the Holiness Movement and faith healing, it becomes clear that neither Ballenger nor the Seventh-day Adventist Church was isolated from American religion and culture during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries."--BOOK JACKET.
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Drawing on their interest and research in Seventh-day Adventist history, Edwards and Land collaborate to provide a scholarly examination of the revealing, if nearly forgotten, episode in 1905, when Albion Fox Ballenger challenged the church's sanctuary doctrine. They present not only a biography of the public figure of Ballenger, but also a portion of the history of the Seventh-day Adventist Church within the context of the larger story of religion in the U.S. By investigating the interest of some turn-of-the-century Adventists in such things as the Holiness Movement and faith healing, Edwards and Land show that neither Ballenger nor the church was isolated from American religion during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883925307
  • Publisher: Andrews University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Preface: The Origin of This Study
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations Used in Notes
1 "Bred into the Very Bones," 1861-1885: Childhood and Youth 1
2 Defending Religious Liberty and Adventist Doctrine, 1885-1897 10
3 "Receive Ye the Holy Ghost," 1897-1901 32
4 Ministry in the United Kingdom, 1901-1905 65
5 "A Condition of Mind," 1901-1905 87
6 Affirming the Faith: The General Conference Session, May 11-30, 1905 113
7 Ballenger on Trial, May 21-30, 1905 131
8 "Cast Out for Christ," 1905-1909 147
9 Storm over Cast Out, 1909-0913 165
10 Seeking the Cast Out, 1911-1921 183
Epilogue 202
Note on Sources 208
Appendix 210
Index 216
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2004

    Kicked Out of Church

    This well-researched volume is a biography of Albion Fox Ballenger, a popular Seventh-day Adventist preacher who was released from employment with the church for advocating views which were in conflict with his denomination¿s teaching. As such, the book necessarily looks at the history of the Adventist Church within the context of religion in the United States during the late 1800s and early 1900s. It reveals how the Adventist church was influenced by American religion and culture through its dabbling in such things as the Holiness Movement and faith healing. The book is appropriate for all those interested in religious controversy and/or Seventh-day Adventist history.

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