There are 4 thoughts on “Campbellites and Mormonites: Competing Restoration Movements”.

  1. “..Rigdon who had earlier convinced Pratt that the restoration of the ancient order that included faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism for the remission of sins, and the promise of the gift of the Holy Spirit could be found in Alexander Campbellā€™s restoration movement.”

    That is an interesting claim. References would be appreciated.

    I had understood that one of the disagreements between Rigdon and Campbell had to do with the bestowal and manifestation of spiritual gifts.

    Campbell believed that the spiritual gifts and manifestations among the New Testament saints documented in scripture, were no longer necessary and available.

    Rigdon believed they were necessary in a true restoration which is one of the reasons he embraced the newly restored church of Christ the Pratt and Cowdery informed him about.


  2. The Wikipedia Page on the Restoration Movement attributes a total of over 3.9 million members to Restoration Movement groups in 2000.

  3. Interesting article. I did just note that the abstract refers to “Indian territory.” That is certainly how it was known by many Americans, then and now. But I find it intersting that the designation “Indian” is never used in the Doctrine and Covenants, or in most of the writings by Oliver Cowdery and the men who went as missionaries to that territory. They consistantly referred to the Native Americans as “Lamanites.”

  4. Campbell’s sober traditional interpretation has led to the denomination he founded being of no great interest. It numbers about 600,000 adherents, mostly older, and is indistinguishable from other Protestant churches like the Methodists or the Presbyterians. It’s just another social club that meets on Sunday.
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is , if nothing else,different and unique. It’s also in a lot better shape than most of the respectable schools of Christendom.

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