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The Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement Hardcover – January 15, 2005

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With roots in British and American endeavors to restore apostolic Christianity, the Stone-Campbell Movement drew its inspiration from the independent efforts of nineteenth-century religious reformers Barton W. Stone and the father-son team of Thomas and Alexander Campbell. The union of these two movements in the 1830s and the growth of the new body thrust it into a place of significance in early nineteenth-century America, and it quickly spread to other parts of the English-speaking world.

From its beginnings the Movement has developed into one of the most vital and diverse Christian traditions in the world. Today it encompasses three major American communions -- Churches of Christ, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and Christian Churches/Churches of Christ -- as well as united churches in several other countries.

Over ten years in the making, The Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement offers for the first time a sweeping historical and theological treatment of this complex, vibrant global communion. Written by more than 300 contributors, this major reference work contains over 700 original articles covering all of the significant individuals, events, places, and theological tenets that have shaped the Movement. Much more than simply a historical dictionary, this volume also constitutes an interpretive work reflecting historical consensus among Stone-Campbell scholars, even as it attempts to present a fair, representative picture of the rich heritage that is the Stone-Campbell Movement.

Scores of photographs and illustrations (many quite rare) enrich and enliven the text, and an extensive, carefully prepared index facilitates ready access to important information throughout the volume. The Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement -- a standard reference work for religious, academic, public, and personal libraries everywhere.

Features of this encyclopedia:
  • Presents over 700 articles on the people, events, churches, and beliefs that comprise the Stone-Campbell tradition
  • Provides cutting-edge commentary on current topics of discussion as well as basic historical knowledge
  • Written by more than 300 scholars from across the Stone-Campbell Movement
  • Enlivened with photographs and illustrations (some quite rare) from around the world
  • Includes an extensive index for rapid reference

About the Author

Douglas A. Foster is professor of church history anddirector of the Center for Restoration Studies at AbileneChristian University in Abilene, Texas.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 894 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (January 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802838987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802838988
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.9 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,491,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lee Freeman on March 6, 2005
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The Churches of Christ, Christian Church and Disciples of Christ, ironically enough, all trace their origins back to the nineteenth century Christian reform and unity movement led by former Presbyterians Barton Warren Stone and the father and son team Thomas and Alexander Campbell. Known as the Stone-Campbell Movement, this tradition has a long and vaunted history, not just in the US, but around the world.

At last, a comprehensive, well-written, and readable encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Reformation is available. Long needed, this volume more than adequately meets its goal. The volume is edited by well-known, respected scholars of all three of the major branches of the Movement and written by scholars from within each of the segments, and contains a wealth of material on people, places and subjects relating to the Stone-Campbell Reformation.

Among the subjects, places and people treated are: Alexander and Thomas Campbell, Barton Stone, TB Larimore, FD Kershner, Moses Lard, Daniel Sommer, FD Srygley, Marshal Keeble, KC Moser; Silena Moore Holman; Foy Wallace, Jr.
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Unique, thorough, and well-written reference by distinguished scholars among Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Churches of Christ, and Christian Churches/Independent. Edited by three scholars, each of whom represents one of the groups--but edited collaboratively. Thumb-throughable, easy to read. Includes not just the obvious--places, people, institutions--but also well-written entries on beliefs, biblical interpretation, history. A great resource for anyone interested in the beliefs, polity, and history of the three branches of the Stone-Campbell movement.
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THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE STONE-CAMPBELL MOVEMENT is a massive volume on the people, events, theology, and churches involved in the Restoration Movement. The work covers nearly every facet of the movement from the beginnings with Alexander Campbell and Barton Stone to the various sects in the Restoration Movement such as the United Church of Christ, the mainline Churches of Christ, the International Churches of Christ, the Disciples of Christ, and many more.

This work is an encyclopedia and thus is a reference book than a book you would enjoy reading from cover to cover in your bed at night. However, I found the articles to be interesting. Each subject is in its alphebetical order and I found the bibliography to be very helpful indeed. The writers are fair and balanced on each subject written. There were a few flaws I found with the work in that it couldn't cover every person I felt they could have nonetheless the authors are to be commended for their labours.

Overall this is a solid work. Those interested in reading on the Restoration Movement as a whole or simply want to know where the Movement stands on various theological issues will find this book very helpful. A good read for disciples of Christ.
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I must confess that I am a contributor to this resource. It is a one volume dictionary/encyclopedia that offers insights, interpretations, history, biography, and definitions of things that matter to people who claim citizenship in the variegated movements that descend from the reforming impulses of Alexander Campbell, Thomas Campbell, and Barton Stone (with help from Walter Scott). As with any reference work there is unevenness in presentation. For instance, too many of the institutional histories in the dictionary were written by employees of those institutions. There is of course the matter of whether certain topics and individuals were omitted and whether some that were included were worthy of inclusion. These are normal criticisms of a reference work that covers such a vast array of material. However, most of the overarching articles dealing with key movements and personalities are well done and invaluable. There really is nothing like it with regard to this truly American movement within Protestantism.
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Great information resource for those interested in studying the Stone-Campbell Movement.

A must have resource to get in deep when studying the American Restoration Movement. I would also suggest Earl Irvin West series of books on this subject entitled "Search for the Ancient Order".
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This reference is a must have for anyone interested in the American Reformation (Restoration) Movement of the 19th century, involving Alexander Campbell, Barton W. Stone, Walter Scott, et al. The churches which sprung from this movement are generally called "Church of Christ", "Christian Church", or "Disciples of Christ". The entries are thorough, understandable and well referenced, yet they don't overkill. Covers a broad range of related topics and people.
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