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Heaven bound, earthly good: an historical analysis of race relations in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church

By Jonathan Grant

Abstract

The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a denomination that has contributed much to the development of American society. Although the Church is a religious and social institution, its views on race in America have changed over the years, from its abolitionist approach during the mid 19th century to its stance of non-involvement during the Civil Rights Movement. By studying the race relations in the Adventist Church, this thesis reveals the factors that may have caused its position of non-intervention during the Civil Rights Movement. The thesis analyzes the development of black/white race relations in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and how it has led to the Church’s stance regarding race during the Civil Rights Movement. The functionalist theory is utilized to elucidate the Church’s racial approach from a sociological perspective. This thesis allows for future research of other religious organizations and how those institutions have helped advance or delay the quest for social freedom amongst African Americans

Topics: Seventh-day Adventist Church, Arts and Humanities
Publisher: DigitalCommons@Robert W. Woodruff Library, Atlanta University Center
Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:digitalcommons.auctr.edu:dissertations-1716

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