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Christian System by Alexander Campbell
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Studio: Gospel Advocate Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.55" Width: 5.63" Height: 0.81" Weight: 0.96 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 2001
Publisher Gospel Advocate Company
ISBN 0892254793 ISBN13 9780892254798
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Ex-church of Christ Dec 12, 2006
I am ex-church of Christ, but I would still recommend this book for anyone interested in the Restoration movement. This book containts many things that the average Church of Christ person might not know. Alexander Campbell was a premillenialist. He thought that the union of Christians worldwide would bring about the millenium. He thought this could be done by unifying Christians around certain core principles that he thought were derived from the Bible. I often wonder if some of the bitterness the Church of Christ has towards what they call denominational Christianity came out of the era following Campbell when the union of Christians and the millenium did not occur. Who can say? Churches of Christ are no longer premillenial; their beliefs have changed over the years. I do want to say that I met many sincere Christians in the Church of Christ.
Campbell's Christian System Apr 10, 2006
Anyone associated or interested with the Restoration Movement in America will find Campbell's book a must. It shows why many in the Christian Church/Churches of Christ feel the way they do about written creeds, inspiration, structure and nature of the church, and the Holy Spirit.
Campbell was a son of the enlightment and (over) depended on the philophical systems of the time (Bacon, Locke and Sottish Common Sense). This worked well in his modernity culture. But has its limits in today's postmodrenity culture and thus his methods for intreperting has its problems (outdated).
Campbell had an immense respect for scripture. It is just that his mindet was from the industrial period which was also the mindset of audience he was addressing. Still valuable is his discussion of the relelationship between the Holy Spirit and baptism. It is unfortunate, however, that this strong rejection of the influence of the Holy Spirit before convesion got carried over to questioning the work of the Spirit in the lives of Christians. It would be good for all restoration churches to go back and read Robert Richardson's writings on the Holy Spirit: Cummunings in sanctuary & the Principle of the Restoration. He tried to keep Campbell from "rational suicide" and a "cold philosophical" reading of scripture.
Most restoration churches, following Campbell's emphasis on the church, now have a weak working Christology. Churches need to learn to put more emphasis on the nature of Christ than the nature of the church.
Buy it. Feb 20, 2006
A must have source for your library if you are serious about Restoration history. It is a blessing to have the original writings of Alexander Campbell. This book gives you a better understanding of what he was thinking during this time.
Campbell Helped Win Me Over Nov 27, 2004
Having been a faith-only evangelical, it was a painful discovery that the Scripture indeed teaches that immersion in water -- rather than a "sinner's prayer" -- is the proper step along with faith and repentance to "call on the name of the Lord" and be saved. Even with this knowledge and obedience of faith on my part, it was not easy to accept getting into the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ. My misperceptions confused me. However, two things happened in 1996 to win me over. First, I began supply preaching among independent Christian Churches. They were warm, friendly and always concerned to obey the Lord's instruction while preaching the Gospel of Christ. Second, I began reading Alexander Campbell's writings, including The Christian System.
In a world of relativism, emotionalism and a number of other "-isms" that make truth claims even while denying absolute truth, Mr. Campbell still speaks bearing witness that we CAN understand God's Word, and that we MUST seek to know and obey it to draw nearer to Him.
It is a great pleasure to see this book once again in print, and I hope that it will serve to address the faddish evangelicalism of our time with a clear message of understandable doctrine and a knowable God.
Response to Reviewer Sam Aug 3, 2003
The use of the word clergy in my review was Campbells not mine. An avid reader of Campbell, Richardson and other Restoration authors would know that these men used the word clergy to describe professional, denominational ministers. I was merely using Campbells nomenclature to describe Campbells argument. Oh, yes, I read the Bible for myself. I am an avid Bible student, reading it from cover to cover at least a dozen times.
I find it interesting that you focus on the one minor aspect of my review leaving my criticisms of Campbell unanswered: Campbells elevation of reason over revelation; the Lockean philosophical underpinnings of his theology; an view of the Holy Spirit which seems more influenced more by the Enlightenment than the writings of Paul (come to think of it, Campbells view of the Holy Spirit is almost deitist!); the influence of the American Revolution and American democratic traditions in his understanding (I dont dare use interpretation) of the Bible; and his use of non-biblical words such as office to describe ministry and the implications this practice had in bringing into the Restoration churches such non-biblical practices and activities such as church boards, elections, and committees which have turned the focus of the church from ministry to maintenance.
I am sorry, but Campbell is not Saint Paul. He was a man who was brilliant, but flawed. His passion for New Testament Christianity is to be commended, but if we cannot recognize and deal with the flaws, contradictions and mistakes Campbell made, the Restoration Movement becomes the Restoration Monument and our churches will continue to decline both in attendance and influence.