The Churches of Christ

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2001 - Religion - 345 pages
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This volume tells the story of the Churches of Christ, one of three major denominations that emerged in the United States from a religious movement led by Alexander Campbell and Barton W. Stone in the early 19th century. Beginning as an effort to provide a basis on which all Christians in America could unite, the leaders of the movement relied on the faith and practice of the primitive church. Ironically, this unity movement eventually divided precisely along the lines of its original agenda, as the Churches of Christ rallied around the restorationist banner while the Disciples of Christ gathered around the ecumenical cause. Yet, having begun as a countercultural sect, the Churches of Christ emerged in the 20th century as a culture-affirming denomination. This brief history, together with biographical sketches of major leaders, provides a complete overview of the denomination in America.

The book begins with a concise yet detailed history of the denomination's beginnings in the early 19th century. Tracing the influence of such leaders as Stone and Campbell, the authors chronicle the triumphs and conflicts of the denomination through the 19th century and its reemergence and renewal in the 20th century. The biographical dictionary of leaders in the Churches of Christ rounds out the second half of the book, and a chronology of important events in the history of the denomination offers a quick reference guide. A detailed bibliographic essay concludes the book and points readers to further readings about the Churches of Christ.

 

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This fine book part of the Greenwood Press series of denominational studies. It consists of two parts. Part one (about 150 pages) is "The Churches of Christ: A History," by Richard T. Hughes. Given ... Read full review

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This fine book part of the Greenwood Press series of denominational studies. It consists of two parts. Part one (about 150 pages) is "The Churches of Christ: A History," by Richard T. Hughes. Given ... Read full review

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RICHARD T. HUGHES is Distinguished Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University./e He has published many books, including Models for Christian Higher Education, Proclaim Peace, Reviving the Ancient Faith, The Primitive Church in the Modern World, and The American Quest for the Primitive Church, among other titles. His numerous articles have appeared in various scholarly journals.

R. L. ROBERTS was the Archivist in the Center for Restoration Studies at Abilene Christian University.

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