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Here We Stand

Luther, the Reformation, and Seventh-day Adventism

BY Nikolaus Satelmajer, Michael W. Campbell

“Since your most serene majesty and your high mightinesses require from me a clear, simple, and precise answer, I will give you one, and it is this: I cannot submit my faith either to the pope or to the councils, because it is clear as the day that they have frequently erred and contradicted each other. Unless therefore I am convinced by the testimony of Scripture or by the clearest reasoning, unless I am persuaded by means of the passages I have quoted, and unless they thus render my conscience bound by the word of God, I cannot and I will not retract, for it is unsafe for a Christian to speak against his conscience. Here I stand, I can do no other; may God help me. Amen.” –The Great Controversy, 160

Five hundred years ago the world experienced one of its great turning points. On October 31, 1517 an unknown Augustinian monk in an obscure university posted ninety-five propositions to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany. His ideas challenged Roman Catholic docrtine and practice. The action itself was not remarkable. To the contrary, it was a common academic practice of the time for scholars to publically post their positions as an invitation to debate. That was all Luther expected to happen. But Luther's Ninety-Five Theses soon jumped the fence separating the academic world from that of personal Christian piety and politics, and they ignited a revolution–a Reformation. They transformed not only the Western world but eventually affected the entire planet through worldwide mission.

Although separated in time by centuries, Seventh-day Adventists see themselves as heirs of the Protestant Reformation started by Martin Luther 500 years ago. This volume explores the various facets and contours of Luther and compares them with Seventh-day Adventism.

Over 25 scholars from throught the world have come together to create this one-of-a-kind volume exploring:

  • Historical foundations

  • Echoes of Luther in Adventist theology

  • Eschatology and politics

  • Dialogue and legacy

Order your copy and explore the powerful connection between the Reformation Martin Luther inadvertantly started and the Seventh-day Adventist Church today.

Contributors: Sergio Becerra, Reinder Bruinsma, Heidi Campbell, Michael W. Campbell, Lisa Clark Diller, Abner P. Dizon, Denis Fortin, Daniel Heinz, Darius Jankiewicz, Denis Kaiser, Joel Klimkewicz, George R. Knight, Martin J. Lohrmann, Douglas Morgan, Jiří Moskala, Richard Müller, Trevor O'Reggio, John C. Peckham, Dennis Pettibone, Nikolaus Satelmajer, Dan Shultz, Mxolisi Michael Sokupa, Alberto R. Timm, Sigve K. Tonstad, Remwil R. Tornalejo, Timorhy J. Wengert, Woodrow W. Widden II, and Daniel Wildemann.  Please see the sample first chapter for a list of the topics addressed by each contributor.


“Half a millennium after Luther, Christians are not as clear as their forefathers on some of the most important developments in sacred history. Much of the twenty-first-century Christian world struggles to remember exactly what Luther’s contribution was.  This volume offers a golden–and comprehensive–opportunity to understand where we come from.” Shawn Boonstra, speaker/director, Voice of Prophecy

“In addition to exploring the critical issues of the Reformation, “Here We Stand” demonstrates how those issues are even more important today than they were hundreds of years ago.  More than a study of history, “Here We Stand” looks backwards in order to look forward to the return of Jesus and the Reformation finally finished.” John Bradshaw, Speaker/Director, It Is Written

“The Protestant Reformation is one of the most pivotal events in the history of Christianity.  Its catalyst and central figure, Martin Luther, is chronicled in this work and juxtaposed alongside the courageous gallantry of Adventism.  This book is a must-read for all church history enthusiasts as Dr. Satelmajer adeptly offers keen insights on the interdependent relationship of Martin Luther, the Reformation, and Seventh-day Adventism.” Carlton P. Byrd, Pastor, Evangelist, Speaker/Director, Breath of Life

“This work on Luther is a tremendous contribution to the understanding of Adventism as a natural inheritor of the Protestant Reformation. This volume is full to the brim with insightful research on the connection of Luther and the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It should be in the library of anyone who desires to understand and proclaim the three angels messages with power.”    Chris Holland, Speaker/Director, It Is Written Canada

"This a major work that firmly links Adventists to Luther and the Reformation.  The editors have brought together a wide-ranging series of essays by stellar contributors.  There is nothing comparable to this book in Adventist literature. I commend it highly." William G Johnsson, former editor, Adventist Review and Adventist World

“There is nothing like this book in Adventist literature.” George R. Knight, professor emeritus of church history, Andrews University   

“I would highly recommend this book for all readers who want to deepen their understanding of the doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist Church through the lens of key doctrines of Martin Luther and the Early Reformation. In this book Adventist scholars share unique perspectives that have not been gathered in one volume before. The result in a faith-affirming volume that is a must read!”  Andrea Luxton, President, Andrews University

“This is the story of a courageous and fearless man who stood in the face of the then known world’s power. May history continue to be repeated with individuals so convicted to stand on the promises of God. This is an essential read.” Ivan L. Williams, ministerial director, North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists


Publisher: Pacific Press

ISBN: 9780816363346

Format: Paperback

Qty on Hand: 5 In Stock

Pages: 320

Customer Reviews

[ Bookshelf Review ]
As human beings, we have an inordinate fascination with big round numbers, meaning that anniversaries are sometimes accorded more significance that they would otherwise merit. As such, the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s “95 Theses” nailed to the door of the Wittenberg Church on October 31, 1517, was more important as an opportunity for re-examination and reflection than for the big number itself.
Here We Stand is a stand-out example of this opportunity taken, with a specific focus on the Reformation’s continuing significance for Seventh-day Adventists, who “see themselves as heirs of the Protestant Reformation” (page 13). As the editors point out in their introduction, Ellen White devoted more space to Martin Luther than any other post-biblical leader, in the history of Christianity summarised in The Great Controversy—this theme is expanded in the chapter exploring “Ellen White’s Portrait of Martin Luther.”
In this way, Here We Stand offers an exploration of how Luther and Adventism can assist in the understanding of each other. A dominant commonality between Luther and Adventism that Here We Stand highlights is that of sola scriptura—the Bible alone—and what this means for the centrality of the Bible to faith, as well as how the Bible is read, used and applied to life.
The 19 scholars contributing to this book rank among the Adventist Church’s leading theologians and historians.
Together, they bring depth and breadth to the tasks of reflecting on the significance of Martin Luther and the Reformation for the Adventist Church today. A book such as Here We Stand demonstrates what historical anniversaries are for in the life of the church—opportunities to learn and reflect, as well as to refocus and recommit to the faith we have received and are called to continue to renew. Of course, this is not only a task for a 500th anniversary, even when prompted by it; it is equally worthwhile in the 501st year—thus, Here We Stand’s ongoing value and significance.
—Nathan Brown, book editor, Signs Publishing Company

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