While not questioning in the least the genuineness of the faith or personal salvation of members of Churches of Christ, the author raises questions as to what these churches must do as a denomination, if that term be allowed, to be “saved” as a viable witness to the Christian faith in today’s world. What must it do to save its own people from boredom, mediocrity, and irrelevance? What must it do to escape from its legalistic, sectarian, and isolationist past and become a meaningful part of the larger Christian world? What must it do to be true to the Bible and to its own heritage in the Stone-Campbell unity movement and become truly ecumenical, truly catholic, truly holy, and truly apostolic?
Dr. Leroy Garrett is a graduate of Abilene Christian University, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Harvard University where he earned the Ph.D. He is a retired professor of philosophy, history, and religion and has taught at several colleges, including Bethany College, Texas Woman’s University, and Dallas Christian College. For thirty-four years he edited the monthly journal, Restoration Review, following six years as editor of Bible Talk. He is the author of The Stone-Campbell Movement, the story of the American Restoration Movement, published by College Press, and an autobiographical work, A Lover’s Quarrel, published by A.C.U. Press. He has lectured at colleges and churches of all three traditions of the Stone-Campbell restoration movement and served on executive committees of both the World Convention of Churches of Christ and the European Evangelistic Society. In 1993, Pepperdine University presented him with the Distinguished Christian Service Award in recognition of his work in “encouraging the reformation and renewal of the church” and his long years as an “enthusiastic promoter of unity and openness in the Stone-Campbell Movement.” He continues to publish occasional essays under the title Soldier On! These may be found at LeroyGarrett.org, along with most of his other writings.
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