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Quest for a Christian America, 1800-1865, Quest for a Christian America, 1800-1865, 0817350748, 0-8173-5074-8, 978-0-8173-5074-1, 9780817350741,

Quest for a Christian America, 1800-1865
A Social History of the Disciples of Christ, Volume 1
by David Edwin Harrell , Jr.

Quality Paper
2003. 280 pp.
978-0-8173-5074-1
Price:  $29.95 s

The definitive social history of the Disciples of Christ in the 19th century.

 

The Disciples of Christ, led by reformers such as Alexander Campbell and Barton W. Stone, was one of a number of early-19th-century primitivist religious movements seeking to "restore the ancient order of things." The Disciples movement was little more than a loose collection of independent congregations until the middle of the 19th century, but by 1900 three clear groupings of churches had appeared. Today, more than 5 million Americans—members
of the modern-day Disciples of Christ (Christian Church), Independent Christian Churches, and Churches of Christ, among others—trace their religious heritage to this "Restoration Movement."


David Edwin Harrell is Breeden Eminent Scholar in the Humanities at Auburn University and the author of six books on American religious history.


"According to Harrell, sociological factors, not religious norms, determined ultimately how most Disciples responded to industrialism and an ever-increasing secularism in American society."
American Historical Review

"[Harrell] writes with clarity, vividness, and an eloquence all too rare in contemporary historians. This is the way in which denominational history ought to be written."
Church History

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