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“When Loughborough Got It Wrong: An Examination of J. N. Loughborough’s Historical Writings” – Brian E. Strayer

Date: March 28, 2015

Speaker: Dr. Brian E. Strayer
Position: Professor of History, Andrews University & author of J. N. Loughborough: The Last of the Adventist Pioneers (2014)
Topic: “When Loughborough Got It Wrong: An Examination of J. N. Loughborough’s Historical Writings”
Venue: Chan Shun Hall
Attendance: 57
Presentation: In his historical articles, pamphlets, and books [Rise & Progress (1892), Great Second Advent Movement (1905), and Last-Day Tokens 1904)], JNL’s hasty research, positive Irish bent, evangelistic intent, personal biases, and apologetic treatment of the SDA past made him misspell names, cite incorrect dates, exaggerate EGW’s role, present partial truths, ignore inconvenient facts, whitewash some pioneers’ reputations, push incorrect views (shut door, vitalism, the daily, last generation), and use “holy hyperbole” to understate the threats to the “rise and progress” of Adventism theme he wished to promote.  However, his legacy to Adventism today is staggering.

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