I ordered Reinder Bruinsma’s book from Amazon, and was glad that I did.
I recommend it for any contemporary Adventist, those with doubt and those without any doubt.
Frankly, I am PROUD to be Dutch ( my grandfather was from the Netherlands).
Bruinsma is articulate and eloquent and persuasive, more particularly since he is not writing in his mother tongue-- but then, most Dutch are splendidly multi-lingual.
I can see why he chose not to use an Adventist publishing house. He is graphically transparent in his discussion of problems with Adventism and its doctrines.
My main issue of doubt has been EGW’s TOXIC Great Controversy dogma.
Her whole book is an anthology of atrocities, emphasizing Satan’s EVIL, hopefully to persuade the “universe” that God is good.
She portrays a God, so obsessed and consumed with His eventual “vindication” that He uses mankind as his “Guinea pigs” in His grand “experiment” to overcome Satan.
Six thousand years (and counting ) of abysmal accumulated atrocities, and an avalanche of anguish, do not seem to have persuaded God’s entourage of extra-terrestrials – EGW’s “universe”-- to vote for God nor to indict Satan.
This, despite EGW enlisting them as the jurors/deciders/arbitrators in this dispute. These extra-terrestrials must have the mental capacity of primitive primates, as depicted in the movie PLANET OF THE APES, not to have reached a definite denouement nor an adequate arbitration, eons ago.
That we are held hostage to incompetent, inept, space aliens is terrifying.
What is even more nightmarish, is if these aliens have the “street smarts” to perceive mankind’s misery, but despite this, they remain in total equanimity, uncaring, uncompassionate, totally lacking in concern or commiseration. Surely then, they are complicit with Satan, if they do not clamor for God to end the carnage?
Our fate is in the hands of extra-terrestrials either incompetent, or uncaring, or both-- not a happy prospect!
EGW’s scenario is as BIZARRE as a STAR WARS movie with space aliens playing the major role. It invites derisive ridicule and does not “hold water”. The only possible escape from this absurdity, is the excuse that she plagiarized this idea, or that it was penned for her, by her entourage of “literary assistants”.
That said, I see myself at age eighty, transitioning to Methodism-- a simple straight forward GOSPEL, unencumbered with the toxic “baggage” of Adventism.