Topic outline

  • Introduction Week

    Welcome to MBS520 Restoration History: Stone & Campbell.  The Restoration Movement represents a powerful religious awakening and the most significant distinctly American religious movement in history.  Present day Churches of Christ, Christian Churches, and Disciples of Christ all find their origins in the movement, resulting in a profound influence of the Restoration upon twenty-first century Christian religion.

    Although many powerful men of faith contributed to the formation of the Movement, none were more influential or left their mark more significantly than Barton W. Stone and Alexander Campbell.  Our objective in this course is to gain a better understanding of both men.  What motivated their departure from denominational Christianity?  How did their approaches differ from one another?  What distinctive markers did they each imprint upon the Movement?  These and other questions will be addressed oven the next fourteen weeks.

    Assignments for the first week:

    1. Begin your readings as outline in the course syllabus.

    2. Post on this discussion board some reasons why you want to study the lives of Stone and Campbell, what you knew of them prior to taking this course, and what you hope to learn in this study.  Make sure you post BEFORE May 19th, 2018, 11:59 pm.


  • Week 2- January 24: Christianity in the Early 19th Century

    You should be reading Webb chapter 2.  I will post a discussion board with some question for you to reflect upon in your posting.  Posts need to be completed by Saturday, January 29th at 11:59 pm.

  • Week 3- January 31: Core Philosophies that Shaped the Movement

    • Week 4- February 7: Thomas Campbell

    • Week 5- February 14: Barton Stone

      You should be all caught up on your readings.  Two discussion question will be posted this week which need to be answered by this Saturday, February 19th at 11:59 pm.  Please include at least two paragraphs in your answer to each question.

      From this point forward, weekly discussion assignments on assigned readings should be expected.

      Also, your first analysis paper is due Monday, February 21st at 11:59 PM.

    • Week 6- February 21: Barton Stone continued

      Continue you readings on Barton Stone.

      For the discussion, simply answer the following question with at least three paragraphs:

      "What characteristics and qualities in Barton Stone do you believe contributed to his profound success as a restoration leader?"

    • Week 7- February 28: Catch-Up Week

      No Assignments.  Catch up on your readings.

      • Week 8- March 4: Alexander Campbell

        Post to the discussion board regarding your reading from Hughes chapters 2-4.

      • Week 9- March 11: Alexander Campbell continued

        Continue Campbell readings as instructed in the course syllabus. 

        No discussion posts required for the week.

        • Week 10- March 18: Conflicts Within the Movement

          Continue with your readings.  No discussion posts this week.

          Start working on your second Analysis Paper to be entitled, "Ministry Priorities of Campbell and Stone."  The Paper will be due before week 12. Remember that you also need to be compiling sources and ideas for your final paper.

          • Week 11- March 25: Early Perspectives on Ministry

            Read the article on Educational Perspectives of the Restoration Fathers and be prepared to answer discussion question next week.

          • Week 12- April 1: Journals and Colleges in the Movement

          • Week 13- April 8: The Civil War and Racial Tensions

            • Week 14- April 15: Final Project