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Bible-Carrying ChristiansConservative Protestants and Social Power$
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David Harrington Watt

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195068344

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195068343.001.0001

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The Philadelphia Church of Christ

The Philadelphia Church of Christ

(p.85) Six The Philadelphia Church of Christ
Bible-Carrying Christians

David Harrington Watt

Oxford University Press

The Philadelphia Church of Christ, a congregation associated with a movement called the International Churches of Christ, put a great deal of emphasis on the importance of rapid church growth. The congregation was a place where people were taught that it is a mistake for Christians to pour too much energy into resisting the power of nation‐states or corporations. At the Philadelphia Church of Christ, people were taught that it is natural for women to defer to men and for homosexuals to defer to heterosexuals. People were taught, too, that it is imperative for Christians to unhesitatingly follow directions given to them by ministers and by other church authorities.

Keywords:   church growth, corporations, heterosexuals, International Churches of Christ, men, ministers, nation‐states, Philadelphia Church of Christ

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