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About the Seventh-day Adventist™ Church (SDA):
Its history, beliefs, practices, controversies, etc.


This web site section is not by a Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA) group. It is one of many informational essays explaining different faith groups and controversial social debates to be found on the Religious web site.

The Adventist movement consists of a number of conservative Protestant faith groups that have many beliefs and practices. Many mirror those of fundamentalist and other evangelical denominations. One difference is Adventists follow injunctions in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) that requires religious services to be held on Saturdays, rather than Sundays. Prominent within the Adventist movement is the Seventh-day Adventists denomination.


Members of the Seventh-day Adventists™ are also called Adventists and SDAs. The church prefers the term "Adventist" although the term "SDA" is in very common use. The acronym "SDA" can cause confusion because it is shared by many unrelated groups. Examples are the : Scottish Downhill Association, Survey Documentation and Analysis, Surface Design Association, Sociological Data Archive, and probably hundreds of others.

The word "Adventist" is often pronounced incorrectly. The emphasis should be on the first syllable (Ad'-ven-tist).

The General Conference of Seventy-day Adventists holds the trademark on the term "Seventh-day Adventists."

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Topics covered in this section:

bullet History and present status of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination

bullet Beliefs and practices

bullet Church controversies
bullet Books and other resources

bullet Beliefs and practices concerning homosexuality
bullet Part 1: Background. Events from 1977 to 1999

bullet Part 2: Events year 2000 to now. Adventist manual. Other gay-positive groups. Conclusions.

Copyright 1997 to 2015 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Latest update: 2015-APR-19
Author: B.A. Robinson

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