these theses

30 November 2010 9 comments
It is my argument that the early Seventh-day Adventist missionaries resisted both the racist beliefs and racist practices of the South, then -- pressured by custom and escalating violence -- they began accommodating the racism of the South by racially segregating yet continuing to resist the oppression of Blacks. Over time, however, that segregation which began as accommodation was accepted and normalized; in effect, it became part of the Adventist culture in America. Though racial segregation was a temporary expediency, the church's failure began when it ceased to question the policy (and it started righting these wrongs when it began again to corporately challenge both the assumptions and practices of racial segregation). 

I think I've got the thesis paragraph of my thesis project down.
If you want to know what I've been laboring on for months and will continue to work on for more months, there you have it, folks.


  • Andrea said...

    I hope you picked something you don't like very much because after months and months, you're going to be really sick of it. :) But really, a very good topic. I hope to read your book one day.

  • Justin Jones said...

    I like it. I want to read more. It seems that many of the Adventist "pioneers" were social activists as well. Bates with abolition, EGW encouraging straight up civil disobedience to the Fugitive Slave Act. Somewhere we lost our way. I want to read more! Good work!

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