1997 Inman Forum

"Churches of Christ: Heritage and Destiny"

Lecture 3


OUR HERITAGE OF DIVISION:

THE DISRUPTION OF THE VISION

by Dr. Douglas Foster

Historical Backgrounds for the Division Outlined

I. First major divisive issue: The American Christian Missionary Society

II. Further Wedges are Driven: The American Civil War

III. Second Major Divisive Issue: Instrumental Music in Worship

IV. The Real Causes of the Division--two levels

VI. The Final Stages of the Division

How did a movement dedicated to the unity of all Christians based on the clear teachings if the New Testament come to be fractured by issues not even mentioned by the New Testament? How did a unity movement come to miss or obscure the foundational truths of the New Testament concerning the life of unity Christianity was meant to create? These questions are not easy to answer, but we will try to identify some importants parts of the answer in our last two lessons.

Recommended Reading

Moses E. Lard. "Can We Divide?," Lard's Quarterly 3 (April 1866):336.

Bill J. Humble. "The Missionary Society Controversy in the Restoration Movement (1823-1875). Ph.D. dissertation, State University of Iowa, 1964.

Douglas A. Foster. "The Struggle for Unity During the Period of Division of the Restoration Movement: 1875-1900. Ph.D. dissertation, Vanderbilt University, 1987.

John T. Lewis. The Voice of the Pioneers on Instrumental Music and Societies. Nashville: Gospel Advocate Company, 1932.

David Filbeck. The First Fifty Years: A Brief History of the Direct-Support Missionary Movement. Joplin, Mo.: College Press Pub. Co., 1980.


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