>Adventists and the Military [UPDATED]

These resources address Adventist history relating to both war and peace:


  • A Brief History of US Adventists & Military Service (PDF, class paper). I wrote this paper in 2009 for the seminary class Christian Attitudes to War, Peace, and Revolution. The bibliography to that paper provides many resources for further study. I included a condensed version of this material in a chapter I wrote for a book that will be published in mid-January 2015 (Church and Society: Missiological Challenges for the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Rudi Maier, ed., 2015).
  • History Lecture – Adventists and War (slideshow). Jeff Crocombe, a professor in South Africa, included more international information in his lecture than I included in the above class paper.


  • Morgan, Douglas. “Following the Prince of Peace in a Time of War: How the Adventist Pioneers Dealt with Issues of War, Peace, and Military Service.” Adventist Review, June 14, 2007.
  • Morgan, Douglas. “The Beginnings of a Peace Church: Eschatology, Ethics, and Expedience in Seventh-day Adventist Responses to the Civil War.” Andrews University Seminary Studies 45, no. 1 (Spring 2007): 35-43.


  • Should I Fight? (Barry Bussey, ed., 2011). This is a collection of papers presented at the Should I Fight? conference in Canada in 2008.
  • The Peacemaking Remnant: Essays and Historical Documents (Douglas Morgan, ed., 2005).
  • Adventism and the American Republic: The Public Involvement of a Major Apocalyptic Movement. (Douglas Morgan, 2001).
  • The Promise of Peace: Dare to Live the Advent Hope (Charles Scriven, 2009).
  • Seventh-Day Adventists in Time of War (Francis McLellan Wilcox, 1936).
  • Anarchy and Apocalypse: Essays on Faith, Violence, and Theodicy (Osborn, Ronald E., 2010). Chapters 5 and 6 address Adventist history.
  • I Pledge Allegiance: The Role of Seventh-day Adventists in the Military (Phillips, Keith and Karl Tsatalbasidis, 2007).


  • The Conscientious Objector (2004). This is the story of Desmond Doss, the first of three conscientious objectors to receive the Medal of Honor. His experience of being a medic in WWII can also be read in The Unlikeliest Hero by Booton Herndon (Boise, Idaho: Pacific Press, 1967).
  •  Matter Of Conscience (2014). “A documentary looking back to World War 1 and a group of brave young men who chose not to fight. What were their reasons? Did they make a good choice? And how did they stand up to such brutal, inhuman treatment in a military prison that it almost cost them their lives?”
  • For Conscience Sake. This film is not yet released. A preview can be seen at the link provided.

Additional resources can be found at Adventist Peace Fellowship and Adventists for Social Action.


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