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Sabbath School for a New Generation

Among Seventh Day Adventists, Sabbath School is a time for discussion and learning. It is the belief of this site that Sabbath School should be an exciting venue for the discussion of new ideas, instead of rehashing old arguments. So welcome to a virtual Sabbath School, a Sabbath School for a new generation.

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I am an Electrical Engineer, working at Intel in the Portland area. I received my undergraduate degree from Walla Walla College and graduate degrees from the University of Southern California. The views expressed on this website are my own and do not reflect the viewpoints of anybody else. I reserve the right to change my mind at any point in time.

Friday, July 29, 2005

Book Review: Common Sense Christianity

Here is a book freely available on the internet on Religion Online. Its a very easy read and help explains why liberal Christians believe the way that they do. I disagreed with some of the book, but I particularly liked how he explained what Christianity is all about.

Ross Christian Belief Rule #1: A belief may be considered Christian (i.e., appropriate for Christians to believe) if it is consistent with the Great Commandment and with the centrality of Jesus of Nazareth to our religious understanding.

Ross Christian Belief Rule #2: A belief may be considered required of Christians only if it is necessarily implied in the life and teachings of the Christ or if it is necessary to accepting his message.


So we have all beliefs that are consistent with the Teaching of Jesus, which is rule #1. They may help explain doctrine and what Jesus was all about. This would include such Adventist distinctives like the Sabbath, State of the Dead, and the Sanctuary Message. However a belief is only required if it complies with rule #2. Some examples would be Love for Others and the Golden Rule.

This book is very interesting and will give you much to think on, but it is a little heretical.

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