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New Book by Adventist Religious Liberty Leaders Tackles Tough Issues

Nampa, Idaho (March 10, 2008) — Adventists have always walked a fine line between calling attention to important societal issues of the day—such as temperance or poverty—and avoiding any involvement in partisan politics. Following in that tradition, nine highly qualified experts have joined together to share their insights and provide clarity on some of today's most pertinent church and state issues.

Politics and Prophecy, a new book published by Pacific Press®, tackles issues such as Religious Freedom in the Workplace and the Marriage Debate, and delves into the role of religious freedom in prophecy. It is a timely and relevant book that helps Adventists and other Christians understand the role of current public issues 'in the battle for gospel.'

"This book is based on the conviction that there is more to modern cultural-war battles than can be understood through mere political analysis or moral discourse, but that a prophetic perspective is essential (something Adventists have been given)," says Alan Reinach, contributor to and editor of Politics and Prophecy. Reinach serves as the director for Public Affairs and Religious Liberty at the Pacific Union Conference in California.

In addition to Reinach, eight other religious liberty leaders have contributed to Politics and Prophecy. They include, Barry Bussey, general counsel for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada; Jonathan Gallagher, United Nations representative of the Seventh-day Adventist Church; John Graz, director for Public Affairs and Religious Liberty at the General Conference; Nicholas Miller, director of Andrews University International Religious Liberty Institute; Douglas Morgan, professor of political studies at Columbia Union College; Michael Peabody, executive director of the North American Religious Liberty Association; James Standish, director of legislative affairs for the Seventh-day Adventist Church; and Timothy Standish, research scientist at the Geoscience Research Institute.

Starting with an introduction on the foundations of freedom and the role of liberty in prophecy and moving to current issues, Politics and Prophecy is an in-depth biblical and historical look at religious freedom and what it means for us today. "It is a timely asset that will help Adventists and other Christians know how to relate to many of today's public issues," says Dale Galusha, president of Pacific Press®.

Politics and Prophecy is available at your local Adventist Book Center®, or by calling (800) 765-6955, as well as online at It retails for $15.99.