American originals: homemade varieties of Christianity by Paul K. Conkin

By Paul K. Conkin

In a piece of notable breadth and readability, Paul Conkin deals an even-handed and in-depth examine the key American-made varieties of Christianity—a various team of spiritual traditions, each one of which displays an important holiday from western Christian orthodoxy.Identifying six special kinds, Conkin examines the main denominations consultant of every unique number of American Christianity: recovery (Churches of Christ, Disciples of Christ); humanistic (Unitarians, Universalists); apocalyptic (Adventists, Jehovah's Witnesses); Mormon (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); non secular (Christian technology, Unity); and ecstatic (Holiness and Pentecostal denominations). concentrating on the early years and maturation of those teams, he discusses their founders and leaders, origins and previous global roots, and crucial doctrines and practices. Conkin closes every one bankruptcy with a consultant to extra reading.The first accomplished survey of those American originals, this e-book will function a helpful source on a few spiritual traditions whose participants not just include an important percent of the yankee inhabitants but in addition make up an expanding percentage of Christian converts around the world.

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Thomas, who taught in his own academy in Ulster, was also a preacher in the narrow, rigorous Anti-Burgher wing of the Scottish Seceder Presbyterians (Associate Synod). He decided to emigrate to the United States in 1807, in part for health reasons. His wife and children were to follow, but because of a shipwreck in 1808, they had to delay their trip until 1809 and spent a year in Glasgow. In the unexpected delay, young Alexander, well-tutored already in the classics by his father, was able to study for a year at the University of Glasgow.

Thus, an envoy from New York went west in 1825 to try to establish stronger contacts. But his effort to get a united western convention failed in 1826, apparently because the Stoneites felt that they had not had a large enough role in planning it. At the urging of eastern Christians, in 1827 Stone, who had moved several times since 1812, established a new journal, The Christian Messenger, at his home at Georgetown, Kentucky. It joined the New England Herald of Gospel Liberty as a national organ, since Christians all over America subscribed or sent communications to it.

The early reformers Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Huldrych Zwingli tried to restore the church of the Augustinian age, the church that followed the great councils, the doctrinal controversies these resolved, the creeds they established, and the state recognition or support that made them possible. They insisted that their reforms restored the true church, the developing and maturing church described at least in a fragmentary way in the epistles of Paul. They returned to the New Testament for instruction on issues of doctrine, polity, and worship and claimed no authority above scripture.

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