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Jerry Rushford

Restoration movement (Christianity)

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Christians On The Oregon Trail: Churches Of Christ And Christian Churches In Early Oregon, 1842-1882, Jerry Rushford Mar 2014

Christians On The Oregon Trail: Churches Of Christ And Christian Churches In Early Oregon, 1842-1882, Jerry Rushford

Jerry Rushford

The Restoration Movement originated on the American frontier in a period of religious enthusiasm and ferment at the beginning of the nineteenth century. The first leaders of the movement deplored the numerous divisions in the church and urged the unity of all Christians through a restoration of New Testament Christianity. The Protestant Reformation had gone astray, they felt, and the various denominations must be directed back to primitive Christianity. They believed that this would be possible if everyone would wear the name "Christian" and return to the Biblical pattern of the New Testament church in doctrine, worship, and practice. Those ...


Washington Territory's Klickitat County (1861-1893): Christian Beginnings In An Isolated Corner, Jerry Rushford Dec 2008

Washington Territory's Klickitat County (1861-1893): Christian Beginnings In An Isolated Corner, Jerry Rushford

Jerry Rushford

The American Restoration Movement (Churches of Christ/Christian Churches) had its origins in West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee in the early years of the nineteenth century. It grew rapidly in the Midwestern states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, and Iowa, and following the Civil War many members of the movement migrated to the northwest corner of the country. This essay focuses on Christian beginnings in isolated and sparsely-populated Klickitat County in Washington Territory.