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Michiana Adventist Forum October 5, 2019

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Michiana Adventist Forum


Centennial Reflections on the 1919 Bible Conference:

Adventist Flirtation with Fundamentalism



Michael Campbell, PhD

Associate Professor of Religion

Southwestern Adventist University

Saturday Afternoon

December 7, 2019


3:30 p.m,


 Biology Amphitheater

Price Hall

on the campus of

Andrews University

Berrien Springs, MI



About the Speaker

Michael W. Campbell, Ph.D., is associate professor of Religion at Southwestern Adventist University. He is an ordained Seventh-day Adventist minister and most recently served for six years as a missionary training pastors at the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies in the Philippines. He has published numerous popular and peer-reviewed journal articles about theology and religious history. He served as assistant editor of The Ellen G. White Encyclopedia, and editor of The Journal of Asia Adventist Seminary. Some of his recent books include Here We Stand: Luther, the Reformation and Seventh-day Adventism, The Pocket Dictionary of Ellen G. White, and 1919: The Untold Story of Adventism’s Struggle with Fundamentalism. He currently is co-editing the Oxford Handbook of Seventh-day Adventism. He is married to Heidi, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in Early Modern Studies at Baylor University. They have two children, Emma (age 12) and David (age 10). Together they enjoy camping, gardening, and Pathfinders.

About the Topic 

In 1919 the Seventh-day Adventist Church wrestled with the legacy and authority of Ellen White’s writings. This meeting converged with the rise of the historical Fundamentalist movement, which included a push toward inerrancy. Adventists struggled with how to interpret White’s writings, including the implications of inerrancy. This Adventist struggle resulted in polarization at that time that has been behind every major theological conflict within the denomination up to the present day. Learn how Adventism came perilously close as it flirted with Fundamentalism.