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Adventist Resources – Theses

Note: Where a book has been published based on a thesis, the thesis is not listed here. Many theses could have been listed under multiple headings, I have made–hopefully not too arbitrary–decisions about where I felt each one fitted best. If you know of a thesis not listed, please contact me and let me know.

General and Regional Adventist History

  • Carl Dicmann Anderson, “The History and Evolution of Seventh-day Adventist Church Organization”. PhD, The American University, 1960.
  • Nigel Garth Barham, “The Progress of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Great Britain, 1878-1974″. PhD, University of Michigan, 1976.
  • Graeme S. Bradford, “In the Shadow of Ellen White: Fundamentalist and Evangelical Seventh-day Adventists in Conflict.” MA, Andrews University, 1994.
  • Walton J. Brown, “The Foundations of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Austral South America, 1785-1912″. PhD, University of Southern California, 1953.
  • Michael Leigh Chamberlain, “The Changing Role of Ellen G. White in Seventh-day Adventism With Reference to Sociocultural Standards at Avondale College”. PhD, University of Newcastle, 2001.
  • Steven G. Daily, “How Readest Thou: The Higher Criticism Debate in Protestant America and its Relationship to Seventh-day Adventism and the Writings of Ellen White, 1885-1925.” MA, Loma Linda University, 1982.
  • Bruce Wayne Hall. “Render Unto Caesar: State, Identity and Minority Churches in the German Democratic Republic, 1945–1989.” PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2003.
  • John Cecil Haussler, “The History of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in California”. PhD, University of Southern California, 1945.
  • Gideon D. Hagstotz, “The Seventh-day Adventists in the British Isles, 1878-1933″. PhD, University of Missouri – Columbia, 1935.
  • H. Griffiths, “The Impact of African Caribbean Settlers on the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Britain 1952-2001″. PhD, University of Leeds, 2002.
  • Harold O. McCumber, Beginnings of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in California”. PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1934.
  • Daniel Heinz, “Church, sect, and government control: A history of Seventh-day Adventists in Austria, 1890-1975″. PhD, Andrews University, 1991.”
  • Jose Lopez Gutierrez, “Historia de la Iglesia Adventista del Septimo Dia de Espana (1903-1978)”. PhD, Universitat de Valencia, 1991.
  • Paul Ernest McGraw, “Born in Zion? The margins of fundamentalism and the definition of Seventh-day Adventism”. PhD, The George Washington University, 2004.
  • Rex Riches, “The Establishment of the British Mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1863-1887, With Specific Reference to the Writings of Ellen G. White”. PhD, Fairfax University, 1995. A revised version of Riches’ thesis is available on the excellent website of the British Union Conference here.
  • Caleb Rosado, “Sect and Party: Religion Under Revolution in Cuba”. PhD, Northwestern University, 1985.
  • Jose M. Tauro, “Seventh-day Adventists in Thailand, 1919-1964″. MA, Philippine Union College, 1969.
  • Mary June Ward, “Protestant Churches Under Soviet Rule, 1917-1945: A Study of Soviet Relations with the Lutherans, Mennonites, Seventh-day Adventists and Pentecostals”. PhD, The George Washington University, 1980.
  • Millerite and Early Adventist History

  • Peter K. Chung, “Rise of the Remnant: The Formation of the Seventh-day Adventist Church From the Era of Slavery and the Civil War”. MA, California State University, Fullerton, 2005.
  • Raymond J. Bean, “The Influence of William Miller in the History of American Christianity”. PhD, Boston University School of Theology, 1949.
  • David A. Dean, “Echoes of the Midnight Cry: The Millerite Heritage in the Apologetics of the Advent Christian denomination, 1860-1960″. DTh, Westminster Theological Seminary, 1977.
  • Hugh Dunton, “The Millerite Adventists and Other Millenarian Groups in Great Britain, 1830-1860″. PhD, University of London, 1984.
  • Tommy L. Faris, “William Miller: A Common Sense Life”. PhD, Columbia University, 2007.
  • Reuben E. Harkness, “Social Origins of the Millerite Movement”. PhD, University of Chicago, 1927.
  • William M. Knott, “Foot Soldier of the Empire: Hannah More and the Politics of Service”. PhD, The George Washington University, 2006.
  • Nathan A. Nelson, “Battle for Antebellum Evangelical America: William Miller and the Adventist crusade”. PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1996.
  • Kathleen Lynne Norman, “‘Biological Living': The Redemption of Women and America Through Healthy Living, Dress and Eugenics”. PhD, The Claremont Graduate University, 2000. [Focuses on that most fascinating of figures, John Harvey Kellog]
  • Milton Lee Perry, “The Role of the Camp Meeting in Millerite Revivalism, 1842-1844″. PhD, Baylor University, 1994.
  • Steen R. Rasmussen, “Roots of the Prophetic Hermeneutic of William Miller.” MA, Andrews University, 1983.
  • Richard Lee Rogers, “A Testimony to the Whole World: Evangelicalism and millennialism in the Northeastern United States, 1790-1850″. PhD, Princeton University, 1996.
  • N. Gordon Thomas, “The Millerite Movement in the State of Ohio.” MA, Ohio University, 1957.
  • Donal Ward, “Religious Enthusiasm in Vermont, 1761-1847.” PhD, University of Notre Dame, 1980.
  • Charles E. Weniger, “A Critival Analysis and Appraisal of the Public Address of William Miller, Early American Second Advent Lecturer”. PhD, University of Southern California, 1948.
  • Race Relations

  • Samuel Gene London, “From Conservatism to Activism: The Evolution of Seventh-day Adventist Participation in Civil Rights politics”. PhD, Purdue University, 2006.
  • Seventh-day Adventist Theological History:

  • Merlin D. Burt, “The Historical Background, Interconnected Development, and Integration of the Doctrines of the Sanctuary, the Sabbath, and Ellen G. White’s Role in Sabbatarian Adventism From 1844 to 1849″. PhD, Andrews University, 2003.
  • Dean A. Harris, “Three conversations with George McCready Price: A study in historiography, (auto)biography, and creationist geology”. MA, California State University, Fullerton, 2003.
  • Jerry Hoyle, “An Historical Study Of The Development Of The Doctrine Of Inspiration In The Seventh-day Adventist Church 1869-1966.” MA, Loma Linda University, La Sierra Campus, 1973.
  • Juhyeok Nam, “Reactions to the Seventh-day Adventist Evangelical Conferences and Questions on Doctrine, 1955–1971″. PhD, Andrews University, 2005.
  • Roy Israel McGarrell, “The historical development of Seventh-day Adventist eschatology, 1884-1895″. PhD, Andrews University, 1990.
  • Edmund A. Parker, “Islands and Bridges: A Study of Seventh-day Adventist Hermeneutics, Beginning in 1844 and Ending in 1957.” MA, La Trobe University, 1991.
  • Alberto Ronald Timm, “The sanctuary and the three angels’ messages, 1844-1863: Integrating factors in the development of Seventh-day Adventist doctrines”. PhD., Andrews University, 1995
  • Clinton L. Wahlen, “Selected aspects of Ellet J. Waggoner’s eschatology and their relation to his understanding of righteousness by faith, 1882-1895″. MDiv, Andrews University, 1989.
  • Edwin Harry Zackriston, “Seventh-day Adventists and Original sin: a study of the early development of the Seveenth-day Adventist understanding of the effect of Adam’s sin on his posterity”. PhD, Andrews University, 1984.
  • Education:

  • Warren Sidney Ashworth, “Edward Alexander Sutherland and Seventh-day Adventist Educational Reform: the denominational years, 1890-1904, PhD, Andrews University, 1986.
  • Wilbur Arthur Burton, “A History of the Mission of Seventh-day Adventist Education, 1844-1900″. PhD, Kansas State University, 1987.
  • Larue L. Cook, “A Study of the History and Development of Seventh-day Adventist Secondary Schools in the United States”. MA, The American University, 1959.
  • Anthon Carrie Francis, “Development of West Indies College 1907-1960: an historical study”. EdD, Andrews University, 1984.
  • Milton Raymond Hook, “The Avondale School and Adventist Educational Goals, 1894-1900″. EdD, Andrews University, 1978.
  • Pablo Elieser Huerfano, “Venezuelan Adventist University Institute: The development of a Seventh-day Adventist educational institution, 1962–1999″. PhD, Andrews University, 2001.
  • George Fred Jackson, “The History of Seventh-day adventist education in California”. PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 1959.
  • Allan Gibson Lindsay, “Goodloe Harper Bell: pioneer Seventh-day Adventist educator”. EdD, Andrews University, 1982.”
  • Medardo Esau Marroquin, “The Historical Development of the Religion Curriculum at Battle Creek College, 1874–1901″. PhD, Andrews University, 2001.
  • Mary Louise Myers, “Historical/analytical study of the contributions of Alma E. McKibbin to the Seventh-day Adventist church school system”. PhD, Andrews University, 1992.
  • Charles L. Pierce, “A History of Music and Music Education of the Seventh-day Adventist Church”. DMA, The Catholic University of America, 1976.
  • Arnold Colin Reye, “Frederick Griggs: Seventh-day Adventist educator and administrator”. PhD, Andrews University, 1984.
  • Edwin Carlton Walter, “A History of Seventh-day Adventist Higher Education in the United States”. EdD, University of California, Berkeley, 1966.
  • John Francis Waters, “Warren Eugene Howell: Seventh-day Adventist educational administrator”. EdD, Andrews University, 1988.
  • Missiology

  • Alfred G. Chapman, “Seventh-day Adventist Mission Education in Papua New Guinea 1942-1970″. MA, University of Queensland, 1985.
  • Borge Schantz, “The Development of Seventh-day Adventist Missionary thought: contemporary appraisal”. PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary, 1983.
  • Steley, Dennis, “Juapa Rane: The Seventh Day Adventist Mission, 1914-1942. MA, University of Auckland, 1983.
  • Dennis Steley, “Unfinished: The Seventh-day Adventist Mission in the South Pacific, Excluding Papua New Guinea, 1886-1986″. PhD, University of Auckland, 1990.
  • Sociological Approaches:

  • Jan Smuts Van Rooyen, “Discontinuance From the Ministry by Seventh-day Adventist Ministers: a qualitative study.” PhD, Andrews University, 1996.
  • R. C. Theobold, “The Seventh-Day Adventist Movement: a sociological study, with particular reference to Great Britain.” PhD, University of London, 1979.
  • Biographies:

  • Brent Balmer, “John Harvey Kellogg and the Seventh-day Adventist health movement”. MA, University of Wyoming, 1991.”
  • Allan William Freed, “Arthur Whitefield Spalding: A study of his life and contributions to family life education in the Seventh-day Adventist Church”. PhD, Andrews University, 1995.
  • Andrew Gordan Mustard, “James White and the Development of Seventh-day Adventist Organization, 1844-1881″. PhD, Andrews University, 1987.
  • Jerry Allen Moon, “William Clarence (W. C.) White: His relationship to Ellen G. White and her work”. PhD, Andrews University, 1993.
  • Ellen White Studies:

  • Ronald Deane Bissell, “The background, formation, development, and presentation of Ellen White’s concept of forgiveness from her childhood to 1864″. PhD, Andrews University, 1990.
  • Lee Swafford Burchfield, “Adventist religious experience, 1816-1868: A comparison of William Miller and Ellen White”. PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1996.
  • James H. Burry, “An investigation to determine Ellen White’s concepts of revelation, inspiration, “the spirit of prophecy,” and her claims about the origin, production and authority of her writings”. MA, Andrews University, 1992.
  • Yoshiki Chiba, “Ellen White and Miki Nakayama: A comparative study of mystical experience”. PhD, University of Ottawa, 1989.
  • Roy E. Graham, “Ellen G. White: An Examination of Her Position and Role in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.” PhD, University of Birmingham, 1977.
  • Ronald D. Graybill, “The Power of Prophecy: Ellen G. White and the Women Religious founders of the nineteenth century”. PhD, The Johns Hopkins University, 1983.
  • Bernadine L. Irwin, “A Psychohistory of the Young ellen White: a founder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church”. PhD, United States International University, 1984.
  • Yoshio Murakami, “Ellen G. White’s Views of the Sabbath in the Historical, Religious, and Social Context of Nineteenth-century America”. PhD, Drew University, 1994.
  • Horace John Shaw, “A Rhetorical Analysis of the Speaking of Mrs. Ellen G. White, A Pioneer Leader and Spokeswoman of the Seventh-day Adventist Church”. PhD, Michigan State University, 1959.
  • Z. Szalos-Farkas, “An exploration of the rise and development of Seventh-day Adventist spirituality: with special reference to the charismatic guidance of Ellen G. White, 1844-1915″. PhD, University of Aberdeen, 2004.
  • Dennis Edwin Waite, “A psychoanalytic and archetypal examination of two seminal dreams and visions of Ellen G. White”. EdD, Western Michigan University, 1993.
  • Masao Yamagata, “Ellen G. White and American Premillennialism”. PhD, The Pennsylvania State University, 1983.
  • The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Africa:

  • Gershom N. Amayo, “A History of the Adventist Christian Education in Kenya: Illustrated in the Light of Its Impact on the Africans’ Social, Economic, Religious, and Political Development, 1906-1963.” PhD, Howard University, 1973.
  • Jaspine D. Bilima, “The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Malawi, 1900-1980.” MDiv, Andrews University, 1987.
  • Jerome Ngabo Birikunzira. “Implantation and growth of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Rwanda (1919-2000)” MTh, University of South Africa , 2008.
  • Abraham A. Kuranga, “Seventh-day Adventism in Western Nigeria, 1914-1981: A Study in the Relationship between Christianity and African Culture from the Missionary Era to the Introduction of African Leadership”. PhD, Miami University, 1992.
  • Buwa, Mpumelo I. “The Seventh-day Adventist Work in East Griqualand: A Brief Overview of Cancele Mission–Founding, Growth, and Potential 1925-1983.” MA, Andrews University, 1985.
  • L. F Swanepoel, “The Origin and Early History of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in South Africa, 1886-1920.” MA, University of South Africa, 1972.
  • Ronald C. L. Thompson, “A History of the Growth and Development of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Southern Africa 1920-1960.” PhD, Rhodes University, 1977.
  • Gender Issues in Adventist History:

  • Steven G. Daily, “The Irony of Adventism: The role of Ellen G. White and Other Adventist women in nineteenth century America”. DMin, School of Theology at Claremont, 1985.
  • Bryan James Mershon, “Androgyny and Sex Role Stereotyping in the Seventh-day Adventist Subculture”. MA, United States International University, 1980.
  • Adventists at War:

  • Roger G. Davis, “Conscientious Co-operators: The Seventh-day Adventists and Military Service, 1860-1945.” PhD, George Washington University, 1970.
  • Adventist Offshoots:

  • Rebekah Ann Crowe, “‘Because God Said I Was!’ A history of the power struggles within the Davidian and Branch Davidian sects of the Seventh-day Adventist Church”. MA, Baylor University, 2004.
  • Limoni Manu, “Early Davidian Seventh-day Adventist Apocalyptic Eschatology between 1929-1955: A Comparative, Historical, and Theological Investigation”. PhD, Adventist Institute of Advanced Studies, 2006.
  • 13 comments

    1. [...] Adventist resources – Theses October 1st, 2007 I have added a new permanent page here. Let me know what I’ve [...]


    2. Brilliant, splendid! Thanks for this!


    3. Concept outstanding! Congratulations!


    4. I am very glad to have come across your excellent site because I think you can help me! I am a writer researching the life of Shirley Mason. Under the pseudonym “Sybil,” she is the most famous psychiatric patient in world history (the book “Sybil” is putatively based on her life, and on her diagnosis as a sufferer of multiple personality disorder).

      It turns out that Ms. Mason was a lifelong, devout Seventh Day Adventist originally from Dodge Center, MN. Her parents, grandparents and possibly great-grandparents were SDA’s. I am trying to find someone who can point me toward good scholarly work on certain aspects of SDA history and culture, and you seem to be the perfect person! Could you please get ahold of me so I can ask you for some resources? Thanks so much.
      Yours,
      Debbie Nathan


    5. This is a great web site, congratulations and God Bless you very much, Come check out my S.D.A. website and tell me what you think.

      M.V.O. Ministry
      (Mision, Vision, Objetivo)


    6. I am wondering if there is anything online that excerpts from Warren Eugene Howell in his refutation of Wilkinson’s attack against the American Revised Version.


      • Not that I know of, sorry.


    7. Thank you for the opportunity to be offered help by you. I am researching on the topic ‘the interpretation of “monogenes” in John 3:16 as “only begotten Son” and its effects on Christ’s position as the Son of God’. I wish you cold help me with recommended books(bibliography) on the topic.

      Thank you.


    8. Doctoral Dissertation (Ph.D. 1979)

      “A Critical Analysis of the Concept of Preaching in the Thought of Ellen G. White.”

      Later published by the Andrews University Press in 1980 as…

      “Proclaiming the Word… the concept of preaching in the thought of Ellen G. White.”


    9. am most gratefull about this historical record and i hope it will enrich us as we countinue to preach


    10. Thanks it’s so helpful


    11. Maranatha Romania Adventist Mission is a lay self-supporting adventist ministry. We are a group of young people and Christian Adventist brethren from Romania, from many areas of the country who want to serve God and people through our time, talents, money and everything we have. As an organization desiring to spread the Gospel, our aim is to work in harmony with the Bible, the writings of Ellen G. White, and the teachings of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.


    12. I was delighted to read this., Is there any published book on SDA church history written around 1920 that has some chapters on the growth of the church in India ?



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