The Churches of Christ in the 20th Century: Homer Hailey's Personal Journey of Faith (Religion & American Culture)

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Combining institutional history and biography, this text shows how the story of the Churches of Christ, a nondenominational movement of autonomous congregations, is reflected by Homer Hailey, a preacher, whose life puts into perspective the personal journeys travelled by members in the 20th-century

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David Edwin Harrell is Breeden Eminent Scholar in the Humanities at Auburn University and the author of six books on American religious history.

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Harrell reconstructs the acrimonious battles that mark the churches ofChrist evolution since their break from the Disciples of Christ a century ago....Harrell emphasizes the elements of nuance, surprise and common humanity in the movement by devoting more than half of his book the story of one committed preacher named Homer Hailey. Hailey's long life (he was born in 1903 ) makes him about as old as his Church. Growing up in Arizona, Hailey found his faith and calling among the Disciples of Christ. But whenever confronted with a division in the movement, Hailey took the more conservative path. When the young preacher switched to the churches of Christ in the 1920s, it was in large part because he felt there was no precedent in the New Testament for the use of musical instruments in church. Three decades later, a middle-aged Hailey cast his lot with the breakaway "noninstitutional" churches of Christ after battle lines were drawn over soliciting church support for missions, colleges, and orphanages not under the direct supervision of a local congregation. -- From Beliefnet

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