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“Studying the Book of Life: Adventism and the Need to Go Beyond a ‘Blueprint’ Approach to Theology” – Manuela Casti Yeagley

Date: March 5, 2016

Speaker: Dr. Manuela Casti Yeagley

Position: Senior Research Associate, Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame

Topic: “Studying the Book of Life: Adventism and the Need to Go Beyond a ‘Blueprint’ Approach to Theology”

Venue: Chan Shun Hall

Attendance: 41

Presentation: As architecture has skyscrapers (hierarchical), loops (community), and collaborative clouds (togetherness) models, so theology can be hierarchical (a single vision, imagery, & reductionist view of history) or a communal (multiple visions, images, & broad view of the past). Her model for Adventism is inclusive, open communication in a diverse community balancing vertical & horizontal perspectives. She showed slides of European SDA youth’s diverse biblical hermeneutics, wide-ranging beliefs on 18 topics, lifestyle issues, & prejudices on contemporary 10 hot-button issues. She concluded we need understanding, contextual focus, reflection, & faithfulness to God’s will.
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