Alexander Campbell: Adventurer in Freedom : a Literary Biography, Volume 1

Front Cover
TCU Press, 2005 - Religion - 256 pages
Eva Jean Wrather devoted seventy years to writing an 800,000-word biography of Alexander Campbell, the Scots-born founder of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the only Protestant denomination to originate in the United States. Her work, which she was revising when she died, is a literary biography, without scholarly documentation. Ms. Wrather was periodically drawn from work on the manuscript by the needs of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society, of which she was the only female founder. Work walk also delayed when publishers at first interested in the project turned it down, at least once because of its enormous length. Believing in the importance and integrity of what she had written. Eva Jean Wrather refused to shotten the work or incorporate modern scholarship, including punctuation and spelling. In the early 1990s, historian and author D. Duane cummins was asked by the Disciples of Christ Historical Society to assist Ms. Wrather in revising her manuscript. Together, they revised the first seven chapters before the author's health failed. These chapters comprise Volume One, Publication of future volumes is tentatively scheduled. Volume One traces Campbell's physical journey from scotland to America and his spiritual journey, as he left behind the stern Calvinism of his youth and developed his own theology of a loving and kind God.

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - SCRH - LibraryThing

I placed the following review on today: "Saved the best for last" is what I think of this final volume of the three-volume series on the life of Alexander Campbell. I must add that I found ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - norwayken - LibraryThing

This is Volume Two in a three volume series. While I earlier provided a brief review of Volume One, I notice that I did not mention that it consists of two "books" covering the life of Alexander ... Read full review


The Twig is Bent 17881809
and a Voyage Accomplished
The Way Is Prepared 18091822

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2005)

D. Duane Cummins has been a visiting scholar at Johns Hopkins University since 2002. He is a past president of Bethany College and of the Division of Higher Education of the Christian Church, and a former Darbeth-Whitten Professor of American History at Oklahoma City University. He is the editor of Alexander Campbell: Adventurer in Freedom by Eva Jean Wrather, Vol. I (2005) and the author of Dale Fiers: A Twentieth-Century Disciple.

Bibliographic information