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The first critical biography of Alexander Campbell, one of the founders of the Stone-Campbell Movement
A Life of Alexander Campbellexamines the core identity of a gifted and determined reformer to whom millions of Christians around the globe today owe much of their identity—whether they know it or not.
Douglas Foster assesses principal parts of Campbell’s life and thought to discover his significance for American Christianity and the worldwide movement that emerged from his work. He examines Campbell’s formation in Ireland, his creation and execution of a reform of Christianity beginning in America, and his despair at the destruction of his vision by the American Civil War.A Life of Alexander Campbellshows why this important but sometimes misunderstood and neglected figure belongs at the heart of the American religious story.
Table of Contents
Preface: Why a Biography of Alexander Campbell?
SECTION ONE: FORMATION 1: The Formation of Alexander Campbell’s Ireland 2: The Formation of Alexander Campbell’s Father 3: The Formation of the Mind of Alexander Campbell
SECTION TWO: CREATION 4: The Creation of a Career 5: The Creation of the Ancient Gospel and Order of Things 6: The Role of Christian Unity in Alexander Campbell’s Agenda 7: The Creation of a Better Bible 8: The Defender of Protestant Christianity 9: The Creation of Two Crucial Institutions
SECTION THREE: DEFENSE AND CONFLICT 10: The Rise of Anti-Campbellism 11: Bitter Clashes with Baptists 12: John Thomas and the Lunenburg Letter 13: Campbell versus the Mormons 14: Campbell versus the Presbyterians—Again 15: The Clash with Walter Scott 16: Alexander Campbell and Barton W. Stone 17: The Ferguson-Fanning-Richardson Affair
SECTION FOUR: SURRENDER 18: Slavery: The Greatest Threat to the Movement 19: The Civil War and the Millennium 20: The Death of a Reformer
SECTION FIVE: LEGACY 21: The Shadow of Alexander Campbell