I did not know Campbell, but have known Jack Hoehn for years, since we were staff at Camp Cedar Falls in So. Cal. In the late 60s and early 70s. We worked together at Mawmi Hospital for several years, the best years of my life and the ones where we both agree, we contributed most positively to his sad world. I remember them with warm feelings.
Jack has become more liberal over the past 20 years or so, leaving the thinking of his parents, and other more conservative\ Adventists .
His book, Adventist Tomorrow is a vision of what he thinks Adventism should look like in the future. That is, it should adopt his more liberal thinking. Such ideas as the acceptance of evolution as fact, homosexual behavior as normative, and 1844 as a mistake and meaningless. In fact, he feels it must do this to become competitive with the younger generation.
This is wishful thinking for several reasons.
- Liberal Adventism does not have staying power. One need only peruse the statements on this forum to see that liberal thinking characterizes people that are generally ,moving away from membership. You cannot build a healthy church on disgruntled folk.
- Liberal Protestants churches are shrinking across the board.
- Third world Adventists will not allow such a change. They did not even vote in WO, and have no sympathy for other more liberal positions.
- Abandoning Creationism and the meaning of 1844 are like a knife in the heart of Adventism. Our historical interpretation of prophecy is huge in showing God can see the future and saw even the history of the church to our age, a comfort to the faithful. And adopting an old earth position undermines the Sabbath no matter what you think of Deuteronomy’s statement of the fourth commandment.
I wish Jack well, I love him as the great friend he was and the leadership he displayed in Africa, a difficult position, and one he filled well as a man of God… But I think the path this book maps out leads to sorrow in the end.