CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION AND THE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH: DIALOGUE SINCE 1973 IN THE ADVENTIST REVIEW AND LIBERTY MAGAZINE
Degree awarded: M.A. School of International Service. American University
This study seeks to examine the Seventh-day Adventists Church's discourse on conscientious objection since the United States of America implemented the All-Volunteer Force military in 1973. While this topic has received some academic attention, not much has focused on the dialogue present in two of the church's leading magazines: The Adventist Review and Liberty magazine. This study collected articles from these two magazines concerning conscientious objection and analyzed them for different variables, such as what aspect of conscientious objection the article addressed and what type of article it was. The results show that while the Seventh-day Adventist Church's dialogue on conscientious objection is small, it has been consistent since 1973 and is largely leader initiated. This can impact international peace by allowing the Seventh-day Adventist Church to lend its experience to citizens and leaders of different states, helping to strengthen religious liberty, as well as by keeping the conscientious objection discussion active.