The God of the Gaps

By Sean Pitman The term “God-of-the-gaps argument” is often used to refer to a position that assumes an act of God as the explanation for any unknown phenomenon – which is a variant of an argument from ignorance. The origin of the term goes back to Henry Drummond, a 19th century evangelist lecturer, from his…

Why the Bible?

By Sean Pitman . The Bible makes many extraordinary, even magical, claims about the nature of human history and about the nature of reality in general.  Of course, so do many other fairytale books and well-loved moral fables.  What, if anything, makes the miraculous claims of the Bible any different?  Why should anyone believe in…

Lawrence Geraty, Fritz Guy, and the Framing of Fundamental Belief #6

By Sean Pitman . In 2010 Sergio Silva published an interesting article in the Journal of the Adventist Theological Society entitled, “Development of the Fundamental Beliefs Statement with Particular Reference to the Fundamental Belief #6: Creation.” In this article Silva explains the process of how the current wording of Fundamental Belief #6 of the Seventh-day…

Creeds and Fundamental Beliefs

By Sean Pitman: There are many people who think that the “Fundamental Beliefs” of the Seventh-day Adventist Church have turned into a kind of creed or unchangeable set of doctrinal beliefs or Biblical interpretations that supersede the Bible itself in importance and authority.  It has therefore been suggested that the Adventist Church is in danger…

A “Christian Agnostic”?

By Sean Pitman Ervin Taylor, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of California, Riverside. He is also a long-time supporter, executive publisher, and contributor to the “progressive” journal Adventist Today and is a fair representative of the face of “progressive” Adventism in general. As an ardent progressive Adventist, he has been a…