The Good, the Not So Good, and the Perplexing
by Andy Hanson, April 8, 2015: Reader, I have long been a collector of magazines published independently by members of the Adventist Church. The following pdf file is from Adventist Currents,* Volume One, Numbers 3 & 4, August, 1990. It is a review of the 55th General Conference Session, and contains the following disclaimer: The sources of this article—nominating committee members and regular delegates in both public and private debriefings—are not credited in order to protect both the guilty and the innocent and to multiply the joy of speculation.
I believe you will find the 16 pages as fascinating as I have. More issues of Adventist Currents can be made available if there is sufficient interest.
* “The first issue of Adventist Currents appeared in July 1983. The magazine was published independently by members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, specifically, by Mars Hill Publications, Inc. in Loma Linda, California. It was a response to the controversial dismissal of Seventh-day Adventist theologian Desmond Ford in 1980.
“Perhaps its most commonly cited article is ‘Currents Interview: Walter Martin’ by Douglas Hackleman, Adventist Currents 1:1 (July 1983), p. 15. Walter Martin was an evangelical who had much to do with the Adventist church’s increasing acceptance as a valid Christian denomination, which is also related to the production of Questions on Doctrine.
“Another significant article was by Molleurus Couperus, ‘The Significance of Ellen White’s Head Injury’ Adventist Currents 1:6 (June 1985), p. 31. In this article Couperus, an Adventist physician, controversially suggested that church co-founder Ellen G. White‘s visions were due to temporal lobe epilepsy. Another physician, Donald Peterson, has responded in ‘Visions or Seizures: Was Ellen White the Victim of Epilepsy?’, which is published on the official Ellen G. White Estate website.
“Volume 1 spanned 1983 to 1985 and contained 6 issues. Volume 2 spanned 1985 to 1987 with 4 issues. The final issue was Volume 3:1 published in April 1988. Several issues of a newsletter were published in 1990.
“It has been claimed that the magazine Adventist Today filled the void left by Adventist Currents when it ceased publication.”