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Of Borders and MarginsHispanic Disciples in Texas, 1888-1945$
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Daisy L. Machado

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195152234

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195152239.001.0001

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The Making of a Frontier Church

The Making of a Frontier Church

The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

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Of Borders and Margins

Daisy L. Machado (Contributor Webpage)

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The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a Protestant denominational body born on the frontier of the U.S. As such, it was shaped by that environment and ethos. The impact of the frontier ethos can be found in the many writings of Alexander Campbell, one of the founders of the Disciples. An examination of his prolific works makes it clear that the Disciples were able to develop a nineteenth‐century theology that did gain a great appeal among the Euro‐American frontier people. It was a theology in tune with the frontier values of democracy, separation of church and state, primitive Christianity, evangelism, Anglo‐Saxons as a chosen people, and the importance of freedom of ideas and beliefs.

Keywords:   Campbell, Christian Church, Christianity, church and state, democracy, Disciples, Disciples of Christ, Evangelism, primitive, theology

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