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  1. Discovering Our Roots: The Ancestry of Churches of Christ
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  2. Discovering Our Roots: The Ancestry of Churches of Christ

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This rich and challenging book explores the roots or ancestry of the Churches of Christ and others who stand as heirs to the Stone-Campbell movement of the early nineteenth century. It asks, 'Where did we come from? How did we get this way? Why do we read the Bible the way we do? What has been the heart of our movement?' And it asks further, 'What can we learn from those who have viewed restoration of apostolic Christianity in ways quite different from our own?' The authors begin their story in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries - the age of Renaissance and Reformation. They isolate the stream of restorationist thought that arose in that age and then follow that stream through the Puritans, the early Baptists in America, the frenzy of pure beginnings in the early decades of American nationhood, and down to the Stone-Campbell movement.

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This book gives a quick look at the major forces shaping the religious movement called the restoration movement and how the churches of Christ fit into the overall picture. Members of the churches of Christ (or anyone really) can gain much from seeing the similarities and differences between themselves and the men and women of the past who spent their lives asking many of the same questions and came up with many of the same answers. Be inspired by people who gave their lives for truth, purity and their convictions.
This book holds the mirror up to Churches of Christ and allows us to see how we have been (and continue to be) influenced by the history and traditions that we tend to deny. As the authors claim, you cannot understand and, if desired, counteract the influence of tradition and history if you do not first admit those influences are present. This book illuminates a lot of blind spots for Churches of Christ and reminds us we are not the only ones with a restorationist vision. We can learn much from the successes and mistakes of those who preceeded us.

A very entertaining and balanced read.
This book contains a detailed and accurate historical account of the history of Churches of Christ. It may lead the reader to realize that Churches of Christ are not the only churches who have sought to restore true discipleship. The book will also recount the efforts of other denominations to follow God in a pure and authentic way and compare their beliefs to those in Churches of Christ. It is also interesting to read the various beliefs that have been held at various points in Churches of Christ and see how different views unfortunately led to denominational splits. I highly recommend reading this book!
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