Alexander Campbell (12 September 1788 – 4 March 1866) was a Scots-Irish immigrant who became an ordained minister in the United States and joined his father Thomas Campbell as a leader of a reform effort that is historically known as the Restoration Movement, and by some as the "Stone-Campbell Movement.1 This movement, in the early 20th century split between the conservative and liberal branches--the churches of Christ (the former) and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the latter. Other restoration spin-offs continued to form and grow, but the churches of Christ, the most hardline of them all, continue to consider themselves the most accurate and "totally correct" modern examples of New Testament Christians. Are they? In this short essay, we want to look and see because among these churches comes the harshest and most strident criticism of the efforts of others to understand the New Testament within a reasonable framework that is historically accurate and far more reliable than anything Christians would have known in the 17 or 1800s.
The feedback from this particular Christian church is generally hostile and discouraging, and extremely judgmental so we want to examine three areas, for the sake of scrutiny, just to see if we can bring some gravity and sobriety in any discussion we may happen to have with them.
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