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“Ellen White: Daring Liberal and Immovable Conservative” – Alden Thompson

Date: October 19, 2013

Speaker: Dr. Alden Thompson

Position: Professor of Biblical Studies, Walla Walla University

Topic: “Ellen White: Daring Liberal and Immovable Conservative”

Venue: Chan Shun Hall

Attendance: 104

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Presentation: Thompson asserted that a reading of EGW’s Testimonies shows how she moved from fear (1840s) to joy (1890s) in her religious experience.  Her views changed regarding Trinitarianism (vs. Arianism in the church), eternally burning hell (vs. short-term fires), Sabbatarianism & the Law, salvation for the “good heathen” (cf. Matt. 25 & Romans 2), the conditional nature of God’s promises & threats, God’s accommodation to human customs (Cities of Refuge cf. private revenge), the need for diversity in the church (different Bible teachers in schools, etc.), and her use of higher critical scholarship (Revised Version of the Bible, revisions of Great Controversy in 1888/1911, etc.).

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