The dream of restoring primitive Christianity lies close to the core of the identity of some American denominations---Churches of Christ, Latter-day Saints, some Mennonites, and a variety of Holiness and Pentecostal denominations. But how can a return to ancient Christianity be sustained in a world increasingly driven by modernization? What meaning might such a vision have in the modern world? Twelve distinguished scholars explore these and related questions in this provocative book. … (more)
Acknowledgments Introduction: On Recovering the Theme of Recovery / Richard T. Hughes
Part One: Puritanism and the Enlightenment 1. Biblical Primitivism: An Approach to New England Puritanism / Theodore Dwight Bozeman 2. Roger Williams and "the Restauration of Zion" / C. Leonard Allen 3. Primitivism in the American Enlightenment / Winton U. Solberg 4. Puritan and Enlightenment Primitivism: A Response / E. Brooks Holifield, Sidney E. Mead
Part Two: Biblical Scholarship and Fundamentalism 5. Biblical Primitivism in American Biblical Scholarship, 1630-1870 / Thomas H. Olbricht 6. Contending for the Faith Once Delivered: Primitivist Impulses in American Fundamentalism / Joel A. Carpenter 7. Primitivism in Fundamentalism and American Biblical Scholarship: A Response / Mark Noll
Part Three: European Traditions in America 8. "Biblical Primitivism" in Early American Methodism / Albert C. Outler 9. Biblical Primitivism in the American Baptist Tradition / Robert T. Handy 10. Restoration Ideology among Early Episcopal Evangelicals / David L. Holmes 11. Perplexity over a Protean Principle: A Response / Henry Warner Bowden
Part Four: Indigenous American Traditions 12. The Reality of the Restoration and the Restoration Ideal in the Mormon Tradition / Jan Shipps 13. Playing for Keeps: The Primitivist Impulse in Early Pentecostalism / Grant Wacker 14. The Restoration Ideal in the Churches of Christ / Bill J. Humble 15. Comparing Three Approaches to Restorationism: A Response / Samuel S. Hill, Jr.
Epilogue / David Edwin Harrell, Jr. Notes on Contributors Index