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The Great Disappointment (MP3)

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Few Christian groups straddle that fine line between sect and denomination as does the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church. On the one hand, its more than 20 million members profess belief in many tenets of Christian orthodoxy, including the Trinity and Christ’s sacrificial atonement on the cross. On the other hand, its murky origins and collection of eccentric doctrines and practices place it on the fringes of Christianity.

In The Great Disappointmentnamed after the failed eighteenth-century prophecies of Christ’s return that sparked the Adventist movement—Tim Staples takes a deep dive into SDA history and theology, giving you a thorough understanding of its key beliefs and how they stack up to Catholic truths.

Although Seventh-day Adventism may be best known for its insistence on a Saturday Sabbath and traditionally strict rules about diet and lifestyle, Staples says we should pay more attention to the seven major errors in its doctrines. In this thorough but characteristically engaging and accessible four-disc set, he takes you through each error (God has a body, Ellen Gould White was a unique prophet of Christ’s return, the human soul is not immortal, etc.) and refutes it with solid scriptural evidence and commonsense philosophy.

The SDA Church has influenced modern Christian culture in ways well beyond its numbers. Listen to The Great Disappointment and be able to respond to that influence—and to the Adventists in your life—with knowledge and skill.

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Tim Staples
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  • 5
    Packed with Information

    Posted by Amadeo Baleyos on Mar 4th 2022

    I'm been looking for a resource that's tackle on the SDA and I'm glad that I found out that Catholic Answers has this resource especially when Tim is speaking you know it's gonna be jam-packed. The audio presentation is all full of information that you have to listen to again to catch all information after listening to this audio presentation your gonna have the necessary weapon to answer all SDA objections.

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    Posted by Vjatjeslav Jaruta on Sep 10th 2019

    I want to add a separate Review on presentation of the material, which was not done so well. One gets a feeling, that Tim is talking only to converts from adventism, like me, who agree with him - "folks... I tell You adventists are wrong, aren't they?" This tone would put an adventist off and he will not listen. One more thing: "God has a body" or "Wrong prediction of the fall of Ottoman empire" are important points, but an average adventist probably never heard about them. It was good to mention them briefly, but not in such a length, they are not arguments for adventists. Otherwise, as I wrote in my first review, Tim has done a very thorough and deep study of adventism. I think this material would do better in a printed form as a little pamflet.

  • 5
    Deep historical and theological research

    Posted by Vjatjeslav Jaruta on Sep 5th 2019

    As a former SDA I can only confirm that Tim Staples made a deep analysis of the adventist belief. He takes questions like adventist baptism and Trinity, peculiar adventist approach to Sola Scriptura, historical data of adventist prophecies, Sabbath in natural law, in judaism and in Christ... I think this material needs to be presented even on paper, since one can miss details while listening. Tim does not include typical protestant errors that are common to all protestants, but one can find these in other publications. Tim chose only very adventist misconceptions . Thank You Tim Staples and God bless!

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