Mahoning Baptist Association

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The Mahoning Baptist Association was an association of Baptist churches that was established in 1820 in Ohio's Mahoning Valley.[1] Two prominent early Restoration Movement leaders, Alexander Campbell and Walter Scott, were closely affiliated with the Mahoning Association.[1][2][3]:675 The Association was dissolved in 1830.[1]

History[edit]

Walter Scott

The Mahoning Baptist Association was established in 1820.[1] Even though the Philadelphia Confession of Faith was considered its "organic law," the Association was "filled with ideas of religious reformation" and both open discussion and doctrinal diversity were accepted.[1]

A congregation in Wellsburg, West Virginia, which was formed by Alexander Campbell after he left the Brush Run Church and the Redstone Baptist Association, became a member of the Association in 1823.[2] Campbell's journal the Christian Baptist was well received in the Association, as were his debates.[1] As a result "the association heartily adopted the very same ecumenical, reforming views" in 1824 that had led to Campell's break with the Redstone Association.[1]

Another early Restoration Movement leader, Walter Scott, was hired by the Mahoning Association as an evangelist in 1827.[1][3]:675 Within three years he brought more than 3,000 converts into the movement.[3]:675

The Association disbanded in 1830, which Campbell believed to be premature.[1] Some historians consider the dissolution of the Mahoning Association to mark the beginning of the Disciples of Christ, because that is the point when they became truly independent.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Douglas Allen Foster and Anthony L. Dunnavant, The Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Christian Churches/Churches of Christ, Churches of Christ, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2004, ISBN 0-8028-3898-7, ISBN 978-0-8028-3898-8, 854 pages, entry on Mahoning Baptist Association, pp. 501-502
  2. ^ a b Douglas Allen Foster and Anthony L. Dunnavant, The Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Christian Churches/Churches of Christ, Churches of Christ, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2004, ISBN 0-8028-3898-7, ISBN 978-0-8028-3898-8, 854 pages, entry on Brush Run Church, pages 100-101
  3. ^ a b c Douglas Allen Foster and Anthony L. Dunnavant, The Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Christian Churches/Churches of Christ, Churches of Christ, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2004, ISBN 0-8028-3898-7, ISBN 978-0-8028-3898-8, 854 pages, entry on Scott, Walter, pages 673-689

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