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Anti-Adventist Virtue, Cooper coarse and arrogant

Published:Tuesday | August 11, 2015 | 8:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I quite possibly may be taking this all too seriously, but as a thoughtful, progressive Adventist, I can't help being deeply offended by recent commentaries online, and in your printed pages by Professor Carolyn Cooper and journalist Erica Virtue on those "backward" and "stupid" Adventists.

We earned their ire and derogation because a far-from-overwhelming majority of more than 2,000 delegates at the recent July conference gathering of the world church in San Antonio, Texas, voted against autonomous regional decision-making on the matter of ordination of women to pastoral ministry.

I shudder at the thought of both commentators being credible, objective sources of critical thought and knowledge on things religious, least of all on the sociological and ideological strains in an organisation as large and complex as the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

May I respectfully point out that there is an unprecedented process at work here in the SDA Church, one not yet begun to be approached by other fundamentalist or mainline evangelical movements and denominations.

Outsiders calling people engaged in an internal but inescapable struggle over (and indeed for) change and progress "stupid" and "backward" is coarse, distasteful, and arrogant.

BERNARD HEADLEY

Professor

Mandeville, Jamaica