Heirs of the Reformation: The Story of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Europe
Wardin, Albert W., Jr., Baptist History and Heritage
By Hugh Dunton, et al., eds. Grantham, England: The Stanborough Press, 1997. 274 pp.
One of the growing religious movements of American origin with a world-wide impact is the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Although small in comparison with many other denominations, its work in evangelism, education, and health far exceeds anything their numbers might suggest. The volume, Heirs of the Reformation, provides valuable historical and statistical information on Adventists in Europe, surveying their beginnings, tribulations, institutional development, and growth. There is an account for each country, generally written by a national, with other materials interspersed, such as biographies, histories of schools, and personal observations. The European beginnings of Adventism parallel to a remarkable degree the beginnings a generation earlier of Baptists on the continent. Both groups spread from Germany, both were led by a commanding German leader--Johann Oncken for the Baptists and Ludwig Conradi for the Adventists--and both had the ability to gain converts from other traditions.
One of the values of the book for non-Adventists is the relationship this movement has had with other denominations, such as Mennonites, particularly in Russia, and with Baptists. A number of the early Adventist converts came from these two church groups, and many a theological battle was fought by adherents an both sides. …