Clifford Goldstein

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Clifford R. Goldstein (b. in 1955) is an American author and editor. He is a leading figure in the Seventh-day Adventist denomination and espouses mainline Adventist beliefs.[1][2]


Goldstein was born in Albany, New York in the United States.[3] He was raised a secular Jew, but became a Seventh-day Adventist [1] in 1980. He studied at Southern College (now Southern Adventist University) and at Wildwood Lifestyle Center and Hospital. He received a B.A. from the University of Florida.[3]

He edited the journal Shabbat Shalom from 1984 till 1992. In the early 90s, Goldstein interpreted the end of the Cold War as a new sign of the end of the world, with the end of the Soviet Union as the end of "the most implacable barrier to Adventist eschatology."[4] He was a popular apocalyptic writer in the church at this time.[5]

In 1992 he received a M.A. in Ancient Northwest Semitic languages from Johns Hopkins University. He was the editor of Liberty magazine from 1992 till 1997.[6] He became the editor of the Adventist Adult Sabbath School Lesson in 1999. He wrote the 2006 third quarter (July to September) edition, entitled The Gospel, 1844, and Judgment,[7] which upheld the traditional views of the 1844 investigative judgment and heavenly sanctuary teachings.

Goldstein and his wife Kimberly have two children.[3]


According to Goldstein he has never been a member of the Adventist Theological Society (ATS).[8] However he has been described as one of the two "effective spokesmen for the ATS perspective", and "the most visible and vocal exponent of the ATS agenda".[9]

He is known to espouse the belief that one cannot be an Adventist and an Evolutionist, a claim that some disagree with.[2]


Touch Points tracts. [1] [2] [3][permanent dead link] [4] [5]

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  1. ^ a b Bull, Malcolm; Lockhart, Keith (2007). Seeking a Sanctuary: Seventh-day Adventism and the American Dream (2nd ed.). Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. p. 275. ISBN 978-0-253-34764-0.
  2. ^ a b Taylor, Ervin (23 May 2011). "Evolution: Cliff Goldstein's Addiction". Adventist Today. Archived from the original on 17 January 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2011.
  3. ^ a b c Brief biography Archived 2003-05-11 at the Wayback Machine on the publisher's page for his book God, Gödel, and Grace: A Philosophy of Faith. Accessed 2008-01-19
  4. ^ Seeking A Sanctuary: Seventh-day Adventism and the American Dream, 2d ed. (Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2006), by Malcolm Bull and Keith Lockhart, p62. Quote from Goldstein, as quoted in Seeking a Sanctuary
  5. ^ Seeking a Sanctuary, p107
  6. ^ Adult Bible Study Guide: Contact Us Archived 2013-02-23 at Accessed 2008-01-17
  7. ^ Available online from the Sabbath School Network here (an independent site), and from the Archives Archived 2012-07-21 at of the official Adult Bible Study Guide website
  8. ^ "The Hypocrisy of the Adventist Left Archived February 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine", an excerpt from The Day of the Dragon by Goldstein. Chapter reprinted in Adventist Today
  9. ^ "Goldstein Declares War: An Adventist Fundamentalist Ultimatum Archived 2008-09-06 at the Wayback Machine" by Ervin Taylor

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