" And his endorsement of women’s ordination—not a popular position among conservative evangelicals and fundamentalists—won’t help either."
I don’t think that he is trying to appeal to this smaller section of American society but rather to the larger “others” out there. He won’t win solely with the evangelical or fundamentalist vote support anyway (something I am sure he and his team are very aware of).
“So far as support for women’s ordination being “a sentiment widely shared” in North American Adventism, I’d be curious as to what data presently available would support this claim. Those with the loudest megaphones in the NAD may believe this way, but my sense is that the grassroots may believe quite differently.”
And how would we possibly get these vital statistics on this issue: the Adventist church? Hardly…better to be in ignorance than really know what the average NAD member thinks (especially if it doesn’t match up to what their preferred stance might be).
“Those of a liberal theological bias may indeed feel this way, but their views regarding classic Adventist end-time expectations have never to my knowledge reflected the perspective of the laity anyway, or even a majority of ministers. And none need be embarrassed, either from Biblical or public relations angles.”
Glad to know that we should not be “embarrassed”…and where would you have gotten your stats from anyway?
"Ben Carson’s alignment with the Religious Right and denigration by word and deed of various aspects of our distinctive message, runs counter to these perspectives within our Adventist heritage.
“Frankly, it is Ben Carson, not our classic eschatology, that is the real embarrassment to Adventism just now.”
All Adventists are taught from birth that they are “Ambassadors” for the church…in every action, word, or thought. Ben Carson is the “face” of Adventism right now to millions of people in this world. They will care little about what you may consider “classic eschatology” and they won’t be that interested in how much it may stray from current perspectives within Adventist heritage.
“I doubt seriously his candidacy will get very far, and for a variety of reasons.”
This is the only thing we agree upon…but we could be wrong.