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 Alexander Campbell on Restoration

Note: Campbell quotes taken from Ilusions of Innocence: Protestant Primitivism in America, 1630 - 1875, by Richard T. Hughes and C. Leonard Allen, U of Chicago Pr, 1988.

     "Fancy to yourselves, my friends, a society in which such (good) characters shall have the rule, and then you want no poet to describe the millennium to you. Peace, harmony, love and universal goodwill, must be the order of the day. There wants nothing - believe me, my friends, there wants nothing - but a restoration of ancient christianity, and a cordial reception of it, to fill the world with all the happiness, physical intellectual, and moral, which beings like us in this state of trial could endure - shall I say? - yes, endure and enjoy." (1825)...
     "this work shall be devoted to the destruction of Sectarianism, Infidelity and Anti-christian doctrine and practice. It shall have for its object the development, and introduction of that political and religious order of society call THE MILLENNIUM, which shall by the consummation of that ultimate amelioration of society proposed in the Christian Scriptures." (1830) - (Hughes, p. 173)

     "... then shall they literally 'beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning-hooks, and learn war no more.' Christianity, rightly understood, cordially embraced, and fully carried out in practice, will ... certainly subvert all political government, the very best as well as the very worst. ... The American Revolution is but a precursor of a revolution of infinitely more importance to mankind ... - the emancipation of the human mind from the shackles of superstition, and the introduction of human beings into the full fruition of the reign of heaven." (1830)

     "To introduce the last and most beneficial change in society, it is only necessary to let the gospel, in its plainness, simplicity and force, speak to men. Divest it of all the appendages of human philosophy, falsely so called, and of all the traditions and dogmas of men, and in its power it will pass from heart to heart, from house to house, from city to city, until it bless the whole earth." (1830)  

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